Syndicate of Physicians
Although there are not too many physicians in Yugoslavia, their situation has become difficult since the World War. This is due not only to the bad economic conditions in the country but also to a vigorous effort to socialize medicine since 1925. A number of public health institutions have been opened; unfortunately, these institutions do not only preventive and diagnostic work but also curative work free, especially for the treatment of venereal and infectious diseases. Imitating the state, many private institutions and associations have taken physicians into their service for a minimal monthly pay, such as social insurance, railway companies, miners and maritime companies. The state physicians are the only ones who have an assured income and a pension after thirty-five years of active service. Besides, they are allowed to have private appointments in any of the institutions mentioned, where they work after their regular service hours.