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October 4, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(14):845. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480400039007

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According to a recent issue of the Journal de Paris the physicians in Holland are agitating for a sort of state endowment of the profession. The plan is to add 1 or 2 per cent. to the income tax on all having a yearly income of 500 florins or more, the proceeds of which will be devoted to the support of the state health functionaries, who would thus be freed from all cares of business and be able to devote their whole time to the welfare of their patients and their advancement in professional knowledge. All medical treatment would be free, but only the rich or relatively well to do would have to contribute to the tax. There would be, according to this plan, one physician to each 2,000 of the general population, or about 2,500 in all for the 500,000 inhabitants of the Netherlands. This plan has a specious

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