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August 6, 1955


JAMA. 1955;158(14):1308. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960140070022

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To the Editor:—  In our increasingly complex civilization, steps to safeguard the security of our population have very rightly increased progressively. This is reflected by the number of forms for insurance companies that the physician is constantly called on to fill out. Although this is an important and necessary part of his work, it would be made much easier if the insurance companies, instead of submitting single forms to fill out, would submit duplicates so that file copies might be kept. I am sure that no insurance company would fill out any form without having a duplicate form to keep in its own file. I cannot understand why they expect the physician to conduct his practice in such a slipshod manner. I have adopted the policy in my office of not filling out insurance forms unless they are submitted in duplicate. How do other readers feel about this?

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