Guy L. Kiefer, M. D., Commissioner of Health of Michigan, says in the Journal the Michigan State Medical Society, Aug. 1920:
"In this state there are 100,000 people born annually. They are practically all susceptible to diphtheria from the moment they are born. They are highly susceptible from the age of six months until they are immunized. If these infants were all immunized, and for this service the physicians receive from $5.00 to $10.00 per case, the net income would be from $500,000-$1,000,000 Michigan has 5,000 cases of diphtheria annually. If the physicians received for their services, exclusive of all other costs, an average of $50.00 per case the income from this source would be $250,000. The increase in physicians income from diphtheria would be from one-quarter to three-quarters of of a million dollars, if we would immunize all children against this disease soon after they are six months of age, instead of waiting until they are stricken with the disease and then treating them.
"Some maternity hospitals are vaccinating with vaccine virus all babies born in their institutions. Babies under ten days old very seldom have any general reaction and the immunity usually lasts for the whole life-time of the individual. It is estimated that one-third of all the births in this state occur in hospitals. If all hospitals were to establish this rule as part of their regular procedure, it would mean an addition of 30,000 immunized people in the state each year and an additional income of at least 560,000 to the physicians or hospitals.
"When the 100,000 people born every year in Michigan are vaccinated against smallpox at birth, the income to the physician would approximate $200,000. The 500 cases of smallpox that occur every year, treated at an average of $50.00 per case, brings physicians $25,000. Thus the physicians, by adopting the practice of vaccination at birth, would increase their income by nearly $200,000.
"We have taken diphtheria and smallpox as examples of the economic advantage of immunization, but the same conditions apply to other diseases and to other public health measures.
"With persistent educational work by the physicians and the Michigan Depertment of Health, these immunization programs will succeed in reducing the number of these preventable diseases and increasing the earning of the physicians who actively sponsor this modern type of practice." (Italics mine.)
In the Brooklyn Times, March 21, 1929, Health Commissioner Wynne, New York City, is reported to have said in an address to the Optometrical Club: "Here is the answer (to the doctor's economic problem). Let them take in 20 children an hour, one hour a day, 3 days a week at a charge of $5. for each anti diphtheria inoculation. That will bring a revenue worth while to the doctor."
Mr. Osborne, Health Officer of East Orange, N. J., in an address reported in the Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey, September, 1929, points out that the physician would receive several times more by inoculating children than by treating cases of the disease.
In an Editorial, Jan. 1930, the American Journal of Public Health, points out in dollars and cents how much money physicians would receive from inoculating babies and adds: "There are of course four times as many preschool children as babies, and ten times as many school children. The opportunity for increasing practice by carrying on immunization among the preschool and school populations in the physician's clientele offers an almost unlimited field."
Dr. Vander Veer says, in a discussion reported in the Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey, February, 1930: "Dr. Wynne, Health Officer of New York City, gave me a clue to the subject of economics in which he said that we doctors had been going along the same old lines and had not created any new business, so I finally evolved this as a slogan in New York State: We cannot get away from the lay organizations, therefore we will lie down with them and ask them to provide means for carrying on the health programs and we are going to benefit ultimately from the periodic health examinations by an increased income. As a concrete example, take a town of 3,000, if only 200 come to us for examination at $3.00 each that would be $600 that would accrue to be divided among the doctors; if 100 came for examination at $25.00 each there would be $2,500 to be divided."
Dr. Vander Veer gives more statistics about the fees they would receive and then says: "That is the thing that strikes home to our doctors in New York State."
Thus the reader will see that I am right in saying that the doctors are using the various lay organizations, Parent-Teacher Associations, etc., to build business for them. The Red Cross has long been a tool of these men.