Medicine: Cheap Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston last week opened a pavilion, the Baker Memorial, whose low rates may become the norm for such hospitalization. A bed in a nine-bed ward cost $4.00 a day, in a four-bed room $4.50, in a two-bed room $5.50, in a single room $6.50. These rates supply high-grade sleeping quarters, meals, general nursing, staff supervision, but not private nursing or private medical or surgical care. They are the antithesis of those in Massachusetts General's own luxurious Phillips House* or Manhattan's new Doctor's Hospital (TIME, Feb. 17). Baker Memorial's low...

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