Medicine: Soviet Wages

In the U. S. S. R. practically every doctor, dentist, druggist, hospital employe and medical supplies manufacturer works for Government wages. Dissatisfied with those wages, in outlying districts they have shirked to such an extent that the complaints of the nation's 160,000,000 inhabitants sounded above the Kremlin's walls. Last week Dictator Joseph Stalin decided that, to get proper work from doctors, dentists, et al., he must raise wages by about 60% and allow physicians all the privileges of engineers and industrial technicians. Last year U. S. S. R.'s health bill was $2,200,000,000. Next...

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