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October 19, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(7):838. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980250072018

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Elsewhere in this issue (page 846) is a summary by the Bureau of Medical Economic Research of the American Medical Association of its nationwide survey of the burden of patients hospitalized on account of accidents. The summary offers several criteria for measuring the accident load. For example, payroll expenses of these hospitals because of accident cases in 1955 were 198 million dollars, or 7.3% of the total payroll. In general, the burden of accident cases is 7 to 8% of the grand total for the 6,000 general and special hospitals in the United States. Presumably, the burden on physicians comes within the same range. The proportion of cases treated by physicians in the home and the office in the accident category will be estimated in later bulletins in this series. The National Safety Council has utilized earlier studies of the Bureau of Medical Economic Research—notably, the finding that fatal accidents

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