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March 4, 1911

One Physician's Method of Increasing His Income

JAMA. 1911;LVI(9):687. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560090059027

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To the Editor:  —I wish to contribute a statement to the subject of the remuneration of physicians:I have been in the general practice of medicine since 1890 in Detroit on the same lot on which I was born. For twenty years I trusted all applicants for medical aid with results approximately as follows:2 per cent. would pay me promptly.13 per cent, could pay me only "when I went after them."25 per cent, got out of paying me in every possible way.60 per cent, did not pay me at all.Jan. 1, 1910, I turned over a new leaf, and referred to other physicians all would-be patients who did not pay cash and had not approved credit. In 1910, the income from my practice was 98 per cent, greater than my average yearly income for the preceding twenty years and my expenses for 1910 were less

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