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August 20, 1932

JAPAN

JAMA. 1932;99(8):669-670. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740600061027

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Abstract

Health Insurance  With the hard times, health insurance, clinics, and a health union coming into being one after another, medical practitioners have been placed in a difficult situation throughout the country. The enforcement of the government health insurance has shown the people that physicians are able to treat patients for much smaller fees and the demand for smaller bills has been urgent. The demand not being met, some people applied to the government last year for a permit to establish a health union in Tokyo. This union is going to establish a hospital of its own with funds collected from members, who can have as many shares as they please at a cost of $5 each. This hospital is to be managed by a nonpractitioner. Shareholders or their families may be treated here.There are about ten industrial guilds that have independent hospitals. This health union is almost the same

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