Ewbank, Henry Lee, 1893- / Who should pay the doctor bills?
Adopt a system of state medicine, pp. 26-31 PDF (2.7 MB)
27% tho cojtributors pay low annual amounts intonded to provide only part of the nocossary costs. The British Mbdionl Aswociation which strongly opposod the health insurance lam whon it was passaed, now ondorsos it. 0ornany has tho oldest existing governmental plan, established by Bismarok in 1883. Originally limitod to industrial workers, it has boon ox- tended to include coaxor~ial workers, domestic servants, rmd agricultural laborors. In addition tO oash payments and nodical caro, maternity and funeral benefits are paid. Russia has a system of state modicino, with all health institutions controllod by the state. Mudical service is furnished by the local branhoes of the domlissariat of Public Health, the full cost of all insurance for wago-earners being paid by tho stato as employer. Frequent examinations aro mado, and a patient is troatod as a membor of tho cotnunity Twhose officiency must be increased if possible. Under the Saoviot segime there has boon an onormous incroaso in the nunber of physicians. The physician has boon romovod from the field of monetary competition, and private praotico at the present time probably constitutes 1088 than ton por dont of zriodioal troatmont. Joel I. Soidman, Editorial Rosoarch Reports Voiluo -11, 1934, pp. 36-37." Partial'Stato Modicine Now Exists.In our so-called capitnlistic stato we do have a partial systom of stat- modicino. "In 1931, sixty-six porcont (66%) of all tho hospital bods in tho United Statos tro under govornaont con- trol.' Moro'than one-half of tho gonoral hospital caro is providod py citios and couotios through local hospitals." (Wilbur Report). Moro than 50% of all ward cases in'our voluntary hospitals in Greater Now York are now sub- sidized by the government. Approximately 40% of all ambuiatory casos are handled through the city hospitals. Section 111, Supplonont to Debate Handbook on Socializod Modicino, N. U. E. L., Septoembor, 1935, p. 75 by tho Medical L4aguo for Socialized Modicino. It may also be noted that state medicinc would raeroly be an extension of the principle now operating so effectively in our .jT* and Navy'Modicrl Corps. The e,:cellent rmnner in which thoso modical corps stood the strain to which they voro subjectod during tho World War would indicate that a similar ayston bight operate offootivoly now. Prorrl of tho Mbdical -Loague for Socialized Medicine. The Madical Luague for Socializod Modicino submits tho followin g platform or progran of measures and moans to be developed into law, and to servo as a basis upon which to establish an adequate systoa of Socialized Medicino, with adoquato care of the people by the doctors and adoquate caro of the doctors by tho people: 1. Adequato medical care of the sick and injurod as a socialfunction, right and duty, and not as a private or public charity. Curativo as well aa preventive means, noasuros, and agoncies to be includod. 2. A socialized system of nodical care in health, illnoss and injury froe of fees. (a) Under the auspices and with the sibaidy of the state. (b) Financed by taxation, similar to the public educational system or othor governriental functions.
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