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September 11, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(11):543-544. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440370037003

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It is very evident from the large correspondence which has come to this office, that there is a widespread distrust among the profession of the methods of life insurance companies in relation to medical services. We have no desire to engage in any controversy or criticism of any company's methods of doing business, but it is clearly just to give some expression to the numerous complaints which some of the best men in the profession are making. The following incident speaks for itself: An excellent physician examined for a leading company for twenty years, receiving from three to five dollars for each case examined. On several occasions he appeared in court as a witness for the company, receiving insignificant sums compared with others; remaining away from one to five weeks at a time. His personal medical opinion was sought and given many times a year, for which he received thanks

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