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April 21, 1906

Pauper Fees by Wealthy Corporations.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(16):1226-1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510430076024

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In The Journal, March 3, 1906, page 671, we referred to the absurdly low fees offered by the Maryland Casualty Company in their new schedule of fees. The subject came up for discussion at a meeting of the Jefferson County (Ky.) Medical Society, held March 27, 1906, at which Dr. Hugh R. Manning, Louisville, presented some letters from this company, and in discussing the matter said:

Much has been said and written of late about physicians' fees, especially the fees paid by various insurance companies for the examination of applicants for life insurance, and for first attention and services in "personal accident" and "employers' liability" insurance, all of which has been brought about by the action of practically all the companies in reducing the medical fees that were already so low as to be on a starvation ratio.... I maintain that no physician should make an examination of an applicant

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