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January 15, 1898

One Way to Prevent Abuse of Medical Charity.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(3):161. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440550049016

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Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat College.  Chicago, Ill., Dec. 14, 1897.

To the Editor:  —In the N. Y. Medical Record of November 27, is given a copy of a circular letter recently issued by the New York Cancer Hospital, which is sent to the family physician of all patients applying to their clinics for free treatment, in which inquiry is made as to the ability of the patient to pay. In all cases wherein it is learned that the patient is able to pay further clinical services are denied.The same idea was adopted by the Chicago Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat College several months earlier as may be seen by appended copy of letter issued at the time of its organization, to every doctor in Cook County.Would it not be just to place the credit for the idea where it belongs, and give us the precedence of

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