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Consultants and Specialists for Panel Patients
The national insurance system provides only a general practitioner service for panel patients. The provision of a consultant service has often been discussed but the financial depression has proved a barrier. Panel patients can of course obtain the services of consultants by paying for them, and the British Medical Association has prepared a scheme by which this can be done at a modified fee. The closest cooperation will be maintained with the patient's panel physician, whose approval will be necessary and to whom the consultant's opinion will be communicated. A consultant's list of consulting physicians and surgeons in London whose advice will be available for a fee of $5 has been drawn up by the association. The list contains more than 400 names and includes every kind of specialist. A similar reduction of fee has always been possible for necessitous patients. But the scheme
LONDON. JAMA. 1932;99(25):2124–2125. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740770054020
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