Medicine: Doctor Bills

Homely statistics for the year 1927, compiled by Miss Elizabeth G. Fox of the Red Cross Public Health Nursing Service, were announced at Elizabeth, N. J., where she addressed Visiting Nurses last week. Each family in the U. S. spends an average of $60 yearly on doctor's bills. That comes to a daily total income of $1,500,000 to the medical and allied professions. Every day of the year, 2% of the total population is incapacitated, 50% is suffering from some ailment or other. Hospitals worth $5,000,000,000 and maintained at a cost of $3,000,000 a day care for the sick.

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