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June 24, 1950

Systems of Social Security: New Zealand

JAMA. 1950;143(8):776. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910430068039

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Abstract

This is the first in a series of publications on national systems of social security. This series will describe and analyze the social security legislation of each country according to a uniform plan drafted by the International Labour Office. Lacking an internationally accepted definition of social security, the International Labour Office has assumed that such measures include legal provision of basic income in case of inability to work (including old age), inability to obtain remunerative work or the death of a breadwinner, assistance for dependent children and comprehensive medical care.

This is not an attempt either to uphold or to criticize the New Zealand plan. No effort is made to determine the efficiency or effectiveness of the program's operations. Rather, it is a comprehensive report of the system as it appears on the books. A brief description of the background, structure of the social security scheme and other social benefits

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