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July 11, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(11):1065. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690110079025

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Medical Insurance.  —On Dec. 31, 1950, in Switzerland 3,083,-108 persons were insured by a recognized sick fund. Included were 1,267,792 men, 1,179,970 women, and 635,346 children. This represented 65.6% of the total population of the country and an increase of 1.1% (89,537 persons) compared with 1949. In certain cantons, where the insurance is obligatory, there are 85 to 99% of persons insured. In the cantons where the insurance is not obligatory, there are 36 to 48% insured persons. Most of the insured persons benefit from the provisions for medical and pharmaceutical expenses only, or in combination with a daily indemnity. In 1949 the receipts of the recognized sick funds involved 261 million francs, which were distributed as follows: contribution of the members 205 million, payment of the public powers 38 million and contributions of the employers 5,800,000 francs. The federal subsidies reached about 28 million francs, including subsidies to the

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