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October 29, 1938

Medical Relief in Michigan—A Study of the Experience in Ten Counties

JAMA. 1938;111(18):1689. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790440083035

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A detailed study of ten Michigan counties, based on a month by month analysis of all reports and statements, presents a valuable summary of many features of medical relief in Michigan. While the divergence of conditions and methods of administration made it difficult to give results applicable to all the counties, the tabulations of costs, services and all other features should be helpful to any one seeking to develop plans for medical care for the indigent. The divergences were so wide that in several instances two counties were excluded, and many of the conclusions are based on eight counties only. For these eight counties the total calls per illness averaged 1.9. "The median cost per person on relief in the eight counties during 1934" was $11.44. However, it is recognized that the records so tabulated did not actually include all costs, and therefore it is concluded that "if the total

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