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Ewbank, Henry Lee, 1893- / Who should pay the doctor bills?
([1936?])

Promote voluntary group medicine or insurance,   pp. 22-25 PDF (1.8 MB)


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              Group HonDitelization. Another dovelopment of lato years has
been
       the establishoent of "group paymntw plans by hospitals and other
agencios.
       Through' he payment of a flat sum each month, the patient is assured
com-
       pleto hospitalization, and in some instances tho services of a phl'dician
       whon 'hb becomes ill. This charge may vary from fifty cents to two
dollars
       depending upon the typo of care rendered.
              About thirty cities havo group payment plans in operation and
about
       fifty more are in the process of formation.   For a small sum the
patient
       is guardnteod hospital cnro which might cost him $300. The idea Is
growo.
       ing rapidly, and soveral state nedioal socitti6s have approved group
pay
       plans.  They have the active support of the Amorican Hospital Association
       and the Western Hospital Association, One thing ia certain: the hospitals
9      have been helped to weather troublesome ocono;iic seos,.and so havo
the
       patients.
                                          The Layman's View .bout the Coats
of
                                          Medical Care, p. 8-10, March 1935.
Rao-
                                          printod from "Cutting the
Cost of Sicknoss"
                                          ':by :o'H. Chamberlin, World's
WOrk, June,
                                          1934.
               Industrial Medicine.  Group medical caro under industrial
suporvi-
       sion has boon carriod on to a grcat oxtant in this country. The plans
in
       operation i7A tho Homestake Mining Company of South Dakota, the Endioott-
       Johnson Company of Now York, and the Goodyoar Tire and Rubber Company
of
       Ohio, are but a few of the nunerous instances in which industrial
workers
       have boon benefited by this form of medical service.
               Insurance Medicine.  Insurance medicine has also found some
favor'in
       this country, but is :pppqsod by many, because:
               1. Prolit to-insurance corapanies is an essential factor.
               2. Politics will surely enter. Insurance companios maintain
ex-
                   po-l'ive lobbies.
               3. Inulxranoe companies will .control the medical policies.
               4. Competition by doctors for jobs iiith insurance companies
will
                   be a certainty.
               5. The doctor will be insecure in his position and earnings.
               6.  Medical insuranco is not applicable to all patients, but
only
                   to thoso who are able to pay for the costs of insurance.
               7. 3xporienoe with tho presont compensation law yields poor
re-
                   sults tQ both patient and doctor.
                                           Section 111 Supploront to Debato
Hnndbook
                                           on Socialized Modicine, N. U.
E. A*.,
                                           Septonbort 1935, p. 73-74. By.
tho Medic-
                                           al League for 8ocialized Modicino.


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