Medicine: Wheedlers Foiled

Physicians of Peekskill, N. Y. (population 18,400) last week published a plan for foiling patients who try to wheedle free medical advice over the telephone. The 25 Peekskill doctors, practically all of whom are general practitioners including Hickson Field Hart, 66, city mayor, agreed to charge $1 for every phone consultation. Their other fees are representative of what medical charges are in communities of Peekskill's size: $2 for office consultations; $3 for office consultations after regular hours; $3 for residence or hospital visits in daytime, $4 after 10 p. m.


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