The Newport Mercury and Weekly News August 3, 1951
are at of PHYSICIAN SERVICE TO RAISE BENEFITS R. I. Medical Society Plans No Cost Boost Physicians Service, the prepaid surgical-medical care program of the Rhode Island Medical Society, will increase benefits without additional additional cost to subscribers, effective effective Monday, it was announced Tuesday by Dr. oJsoph C. O'Connell, president of non-profit plan. At present, a maximum ot S195 in surgical-medical benefits is available "to all subscribers, under the program starting Wednesday Wednesday increased fees permit maximum benefits up to $290. Fees for surgeons have been increased increased from $150 to 5225 in of the major operation categories. Assisting surgeon's fees have increased from a maximum.of to a new maximum of $25, maximum fees for physiciaii- ar.esthetist has been increased from $20 to $30. The $30 fee physician-transfusionist will -remain -remain the same. The daily allowance for medical visits to non-surgical patients in the hospital, paid from the forth through the thirty-third day, been increased from S3 to $4, will be payable to hospitalized patients who are discharged on or after August 1. Dr. O'Conncll said that the satisfactory experience of the plan over the past year-and-a-half led the board of directors to authorize the increases in the master schedule of indemnities, will provide not only greater allowances for the subscriber but also more equitable fees to the doctors. In order to get the started a year-and-a-half ago doctors agreed to accept fees below those then generally in effect. The new allowances are in line with present-day fees. As an example of how the increase in benefits will operate, Physicians Service authorities cited the case of a thyroid operation. Including the fees for the surgeon, assisting surgeon, physician-anesthetist physician-anesthetist and physician- transfusionist, the present. maximum maximum benefits have totaled $195. Under the new fee schedule, benefits will total a maximum $290.