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December 3, 1932


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Elizabeth, N. J.

JAMA. 1932;99(23):1971. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740750073033

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To the Editor:  —I have been reading with avidity The Journal's recent series of articles on "New Forms of Medical Practice." It is unfortunately true that while these forms of group practice can be criticized as not conducive to the highest standards of the medical profession, at least they are organized and run by members of the medical profession for their own benefit. What, then, can be said in favor of certain lay organizations existing in this state, if not in others, which underbid and contract to treat injured employees of industrial plants with a clause making it mandatory that the employee go to a so-called hospital, which is nothing more than a first-aid station, for treatment. This "hospital" is in some cases from five to ten miles distant. Car fare, incidentally, is returned to the employee. One or two underpaid physicians can "cover" several outlying towns and absorb tens

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