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May 28, 1904

The Hospital Maintenance Problem.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(22):1432-1433. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490670036020

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Muncie, Ind., May 21, 1904.

To the Editor:  —In your editorial, "The Hospital Maintenance Problem," you speak of the difficulties of caring for deficits constantly coming up, and of the fact that the remedy is not clear. It seems to me that the state of Indiana has the plan that will eventually solve the problem.It was my good fortune to evolve the plan out of which, with the assistance of friends in the legislature, there came a law that makes ample provisions for the care of all who are on the pauper list and who must be cared for at the expense of the public. The law provides that the commissioners of the various counties may, alone or in conjunction with hospital associations, erect and maintain hospitals; that they may accept donations, organize auxiliary associations, permit lodges to furnish rooms, etc., and to donate for their care; that they

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