Selected Articles on Compulsory Insurance

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...didn't have to become Case Number 11,896 in the records of the bureau of charities. What they had was little. But it was coming to them rightfully, legally, honorably. It saved them from the unforgettable humiliation, the ineradicable degradation, of benevolence. If Smith had been suffering with rheumatism or pneumonia or appendicitis, he would have got his doctors and his sick-pay just the same. In fact, the sick-clubs, as their name implies, exist mainly for the purpose of relieving the distress caused by disease. It is only incidentally that they relieve the distress caused by accidents. They take care of accident cases for only thirteen weeks, at the most. The sick-clubs, therefore, are only a temporary feature in the German scheme of dealing with accidents. But diseases are just as much a part of every-day industrial life as accidents. And the sick-clubs of Germany are worthy, accordingly, of a little paragraph of their own in any article devoted to the pensioners of peace. Here is that little paragraph: In Germany in the year 1004 (the last year for which full, accurate figures are available) there were 22,192 sickclubs. They had nearly 12,000,000 members. And they provided medical care and money compensation for more than 100,000,000 days of sickness! In one year! What a saving of human misery lies in those figures! And more than that. What a saving of human self-respect! But let us go back to Smith, who is still lying on his back, with his eyes horribly hurting him. He can't even open them. And by this time his wife is crying because she thinks Smith will never see again. There is something no human device can ever cure. For ever and ever workmen will be blinded by the accidents of modern industry, and for ever and ever women will cry for...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236529146
  • 9781236529145