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July 20, 1940


JAMA. 1940;115(3):224-225. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810290054019


FARM SECURITY SERVICE IN LOUISIANA  Beginning April 1, 1939, eleven of the thirteen doctors in Avoyelles Parish, La., agreed to serve 250 families who joined the medical group of the Farm Security Administration out of 400 families receiving FSA assistance. Contributions varying from $10 to $24 per family were put into a fund from which to pay for medical services and drugs for a year. The patients had only to present their medical card to the doctors of their choice belonging to the Parish Medical Society. The fees were nominally $2.50 for an office visit, $3.50 for house calls, including medicine in both cases, 25 cents for each mile after 2 miles, $25 for obstetric cases, $5 for minor surgery and from $15 to $25 for fractures.The total amount in the fund was $3,200 divided into twelve instalments of $266.50 each, which amount was shared