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May 5, 1906

INSURANCE EXAMINATION FEES.A Protest from Dr. McCormack, and a Plea That Physicians Stand Together in Opposition to a Gross and Unnecessary Injustice.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(18):1388-1390. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510450062016

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Bowling Green, Ky., April 30, 1906.

To the Editor:  —The simultaneous and uniform reduction of fees for medical examinations recently made by the Mutual Life of New York, the Equitable and several other old line life and accident insurance companies, and the other information bearing on the same point, leaves little room for doubt that this was done as the result of a carefully prearranged and concerted understanding. Sprung on us midway between the meetings of our national and state associations, without even the courtesy of a notice, or an opportunity for conference or protest, as employers would not now attempt to do in dealing with miners or bricklayers, the profession was taken completely by surprise. Expecting some official action by their organizations, many quietly put the formal acceptance of the reduction requested by the companies in the waste-basket, while many others, without advisors, and not knowing what their competitors

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