Proof is rapidly accumulating that in localities where a properly conducted physical therapeutic clinic has been established there is distinct economic gain to the community at large as a result of the shortening of the time of disability of those industrially incapacitated. Statistics, furnished by companies specializing in industrial compensatory insurance, prove the concrete savings which should accrue. For example, in a recent report issued by the Aetna Life Insurance Company it is stated that the industrial rehabilitation clinic established by them at Syracuse, N. Y., has in fifty-one months, with 474 cases treated, shown a saving of $163,000 over the evaluation of the impartial state board. In arriving at these figures, every expense possible, including not only interest on equipment and depreciation of apparatus but also $15 a week for maintenance of these patients over the compensation allowance, was charged against this clinic.
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