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February 26, 1898

Physicians Should be Compensated.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(9):503. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440610051019

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Philadelphia, Pa., Feb. 18, 1898.

To the Editor:  —The editorial in the number of your Journal for February 12 upon the subject of "notification of contagious diseases" is very timely. I have never been able to understand why physicians should be forced to make notification of contagious disease without compensation, as is commonly done in this country. In England physicians are paid two shillings and six pence each time they give notice of a case of contagious disease in their private practice, and one shilling if the case occurs in a public institution. This is provided by law. It seems contrary to fundamental justice, if not to law, that the medical profession should be made to perform labor without compensation, and I have often wondered whether the courts would not sustain a resistance of it.Respectfully yours,

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