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August 29, 1896

Concerning Dispensaries.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):500-501. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870048010

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New York, Aug. 20, 1896.

To the Editor:  —A circular of information wanted, is being sent to the various dispensaries of New York City by the State Board of Charities. I presume that it is sent to all dispensaries alike, both large and small. Among the questions to be answered are the following:

  1. If connected with a medical college, hospital, or any other institution, state the name thereof.

  2. The name of the governing board of the dispensary.

  3. The stated times of meeting of said board.

  4. The average attendance at meetings.

  5. How often have the members examined the work of the dispensary?

  6. What forms of records are kept?

  7. What means are employed to determine that each patient is unable to pay for medical or for surgical treatment?

  8. What charge, if any, is made to patients for treatment?

  9. What charge, if any, is made to patients for medicine?

  10. If any members

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