Vital Statistics in Relation to Life Insurance: Paper Read Before Subsection B, Section VIII, "Public Health and Medical Science," of the Second Pan-American Scientific Congress, Washington, December 30, 1915

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Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 1916 - Life insurance - 8 pages
 

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Page 7 - The tabulations give the number of cases and the rates of sickness found in these cities, by sex and by age, and indicate also the extent of the disability which the sickness involved. No figures as extensive as these have been prepared in this country since the sickness survey given by Billings in connection with the 1880 census. It is hoped that the same plan will be extended in due time to other communities. ' See " Standards In visiting nurse work,
Page 8 - The companies, in addition, have well-equipped statistical offices capable of carrying on investigations of interest to the State. They are ready to put these at the disposal of official bodies to assist in studies of social value. Great and lasting good has already come out of the interest of life insurance companies in vital statistics, and there is every reason to believe that the future will bring an even greater measure of benefits. The CHAIRMAN. The last paper of the morning session, "Statistics...
Page 8 - ... recording many cases which would otherwise have escaped official attention. This was brought out very clearly in a recent communication sent us by the Rhode Island State Board of Health. During a single month, forty-five reports of births had been received on our mailing cards. On examination it was found that sixteen had not been previously reported by the physician or midwife in charge. The letter also stated that the system led to more prompt returns than could otherwise be obtained. It is...
Page 7 - ... Massachusetts, the same procedure was carried out either for the enactment of a model vital statistics bill or for the improvement of an existing law. The same company has distributed to physicians, legislators, members of women's clubs, and other groups whose aid might be useful, thousands of pamplets on the value of good vital statistics. The more recent growth of the registration area has certainly been furthered by the active cooperation of the life insurance companies. The registration of...
Page 4 - ... basis for enlightened labor legislation. He is now making important contributions to the statistics of cancer. Frankel and the writer, of the Metropolitan, have issued a number of studies on such subjects as infant mortality, industrial and school hygiene, and the sequelae of the acute infections. The statistical method has been followed in the handling of these problems, but the emphasis has usually been on the social ends to be attained. The companies concern themselves particularly with the...
Page 4 - Prudential has long studied the incidence of tuberculosis in the dusty trades, the prevalence of industrial accidents, and, indeed, the effects of occupational stress in its various forms. His work has been invaluable as a basis for enlightened labor legislation. He is now making important contributions to the statistics of cancer.
Page 1 - ... of the Mutual Life Insurance Co., in 1868; the report of Levi Meech, 1881, covering the mortality experience of 30 American life companies for geographic divisions of the country and for certain of the more important causes of death; and the report of EJ Marsh, of the Mutual Life Insurance Co., 1896, which continued further the analysis, by causes, of the mortality of persons insured under the "old line
Page 6 - ... complete, and analyses are made of them each year for the diseases and conditions treated, the color, sex, and age of the patients, and such additional facts as the duration of the treatment and the condition of the patients on discharge. Part of this morbidity experience has already been published.* Table II, taken from this publication, is submitted as an example of the tabulations which are prepared.
Page 5 - ... and by age periods. The companies have agreed to follow international standard practice with reference to the assignment of causes of death and to other details of tabulation. The results will be farreaching, for these companies embrace in their membership nearly 20,000,000 men, women, and children, both white and black, engaged in all occupations and distributed over every State of the Шш>ц.
Page 6 - Company has inaugurated an extensive visiting nurse service for the sick among its policy-holders. Close to 200,000 cases are treated each year. The records for these cases are especially complete, and analyses are made of them each year for the diseases and conditions treated, the color, sex, and age of the patients, and such additional facts as the duration of the treatment and the condition of the patients on discharge.

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