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NON-ENLISTED MEN OF THE COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY.
ART. 3014. Officers and seamen employed on vessels of the Coast and Geodetic Survey who are not enlisted men from the Navy, are entitled to the benefits of the MarineHospital Service. No charge shall be made for their care and treatment.
THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE.
ART. 302. Keepers and surfmen of the Life-Saving Service will be treated in the marine hospitals, but not in contract hospitals, nor at their homes, and will receive outpatient relief only at the dispensaries connected with the said marine hospitals. Keepers and surfmen will be entitled to the ordinary accommodations of the hospitals, and will comply with all rules and regulations relating to discipline and management.
ART. 303. An applicant must present a certificate, signed by a keeper, district superintendent, or assistant inspector of the Life-Saving Service, in the form prescribed by the Department, testifying to his services as a keeper or surfman of a life-saving station, and giving other satisfactory evidence that he is entitled to treatment. When it is impracticable to obtain the certificate, signed as above required, an affidavit of the applicant as to the facts of his employment may be accepted. The applicant must be required to sign his name to the certificate before it is signed by the officer issuing it.
ART. 304. The certificate must show that the applicant is borne upon the rolls of the Life-Saving Service at the time of making the application. Applicants who have been discharged from the Life-Saving Service, being no longer members thereof, are not entitled to treatment.
ART. 305. During the period when the life-saving stations are open, sick or injured keepers or surfmen will be admitted to hospital or out-patient treatment according to the necessities of the case.
ART. 306. During the months when the stations are closed, sick or injured keepers and surfmen will be admitted as above, unless the sickness or injury is the result of employment not connected with the United States LifeSaving Service. If injured or taken sick during said months as a result of employment not connected with the Life-Saving Service, treatment will not be granted.
ART. 307. Under the terms of the act of August 4, 1894, a marine hospital will not be considered a home for sick
or disabled keepers or surfmen of the Life-Saving Service. Temporary treatment alone is permitted, and no keeper or surfman will be retained in hospital longer than ninety days unless special authorization is given by the Department.
THE LIGHT-HOUSE SERVICE.
ART. 308. Officers and crews of the several vessels belonging to the Light-House Establishment may be admitted to the benefits of the Marine-Hospital Service upon the application of their respective commanding officers. No charge will be made for care and treatment.
ART. 309. At stations where no officer of the MarineHospital Service is on duty the proper customs officer will have custody of all property belonging to the Marine-Hospital Service, and will account for the same to the Treasury Department.
ART. 310. Agreements and contracts made on account of the Marine-Hospital Service, required to be made in legal form with bonds and sureties, shall be certified by the proper customs officers, respectively, as to the sufficiency of the sureties given.
ART. 311. Receipts accruing from the unclaimed moneys and effects of American seamen dying on shipboard outside the limits of the United States, when deposited under the act of June 7, 1872, shall be credited to the appropriation for the Marine-Hospital Service.
ART. 312. Receipts accruing from the proceeds of sale of condemned and surplus property belonging to the Marine-Hospital Service shall be deposited as "miscellaneous receipts."
ART. 313. All bills on account of the Marine-Hospital Service must be rendered in duplicate on the proper blanks. They must be itemized, and in cases where services or articles are furnished seamen the names of the latter must be given and the items specified.
ART. 314. Upon bills incurred under special authority from the Department, the particular authority for the expenditure will be referred to, and the dates of the Department letters or circulars authorizing them must be given.
ART. 315. As far as practicable, every bill incurred on account of the Marine-Hospital Service will be obtained and promptly forwarded at the close of each month to the supervising surgeon-general.
ART. 316. Vouchers presented for payment must be in duplicate, properly certified, and receipted in black ink, and indorsed and made in the name of the party, parties, firm, or corporation furnishing supplies or rendering service, and care should be taken that the signature to receipt conforms to the caption of the voucher.
ART. 317. Bills so forwarded will be accompanied by a letter giving the names of payees, the kind of articles purchased, and the amounts in each case, stating the necessity for the purchases made, etc., unless previously authorized.
ART. 318. Bills for articles embraced in any special requisition approved by the Department must contain no other items.
ART. 319. The monthly bills for the care and treatment of the patients of the Marine-Hospital Service (Form 1923) will be compared with the register of permits by the officer issuing hospital permits at each station, who will also muster the patients in hospital on the last day of each month, and certify the bills accordingly; and said bills will in no case be paid until they shall have been so compared, found correct, and certified.
ART. 320. The necessary medicines furnished patients of the Marine-Hospital Service by apothecaries, upon the prescriptions of physicians authorized to prescribe for such patients, will be paid for at the lowest current and just prices charged the public at the time and place, bills to be rendered in due form by the apothecary and certified by the physician and customs officer.
ART. 321. Bills for medicines dispensed to sick and disabled seamen, upon the prescriptions of medical officers or attending physicians, should state the names of seamen prescribed for.
ART. 322. Bills for repayment of amounts advanced for official telegraphing shall be rendered at the rates established by the Postmaster-General, and accompanied by copies of the telegrams charged for, and receipts from the agents of the company performing the service.
ART. 323. When an amount approved for any specific purpose or purchase proves insufficient, authority must be obtained for any additional expenditure before submitting vouchers for payment.
ART. 324. Subvouchers shall be securely attached to bills by fastening across the top with mucilage.
ART. 325. Receipts from the collection of bills for the care of foreign seamen, receipts from the sale or lease of marine
hospital property, and other miscellaneous receipts appropriated for the use of the Marine-Hospital Service are not available for disbursements, and customs officers will accordingly render separate accounts each month for such receipts, accompanied by itemized abstracts.
ART. 326. Unclaimed money and valuable effects of deceased patients of the Marine-Hospital Service at each relief station shall, at the close of each quarter, be delivered by the medical officer or acting assistant surgeon of the Service to the proper customs officer.
ART. 327. The customs officer will sign triplicate receipts for such moneys and effects deposited by officers of the Marine-Hospital Service, and will forward the original to the Department; the duplicate and triplicate will be forwarded to the commanding officer, who will transmit the duplicate to the Bureau and retain the triplicate as his personal voucher. In forwarding the duplicate, the medical officer will accompany it with a letter of transmittal, giving a descriptive list of the deceased and the name of the vessel on which he last sailed. Customs officers will deposit moneys so received to the credit of the Secretary of the Treasury, special deposit account No. 3.
ART. 328. The valuable effects of deceased seamen deposited with the customs officer as provided in article 326, and which shall remain unclaimed for a period of one year, shall be sold at public auction by the customs officer when authority has been obtained from the Secretary of the Treasury, and the receipts accruing from such sale shall be deposited by the customs officer as provided in article 327.
ART. 329. Separate accounts will be rendered covering receipts from unclaimed moneys and effects of seamen who die in hospital under the charge of the Marine-Hospital Service, which accounts must include no other items.
ART. 330. If the moneys and valuable effects of deceased patients remaining in the custody of an officer of the Marine-Hospital Service are not called for within three months, after due notice as above, they will be disposed of as provided in articles 289 and 326 of these regulations.
ART. 331. At third and fourth class stations, the customs officer (or acting assistant surgeon, if in charge of the station) shall, at the end of each quarter, report to the Department the name and description of any and all patients of the Marine-Hospital Service who may have died during that period, leaving either money or valuables, or both, in their custody, which may remain unclaimed after three months.
ART. 332. Bonded customs officers are required, when so directed by the Secretary of the Treasury, to act as disbursing agents of the Marine-Hospital Service, and shall pay, out of the funds remitted by the Treasury Department for that purpose, bills on account of said Service previously authorized by the Department; but the principal disbursements will be made by the disbursing clerks of the Treasury Department.
ART. 333. Upon the receipt of remittances, disbursing agents of the Marine-Hospital Service shall promptly liquidate all authorized bills, and at the close of each month an account current of disbursements will be prepared and forwarded, showing the amounts disbursed during the month, said account to be accompanied by the proper abstract and vouchers.
ART. 334. Accounts current of disbursements on account of the Marine-Hospital Service, with accompanying vouchers, may be forwared without letters of transmittal, unless remarks or explanations concerning them are necessary.
ART. 335. The following-named official records shall be kept at stations of the third class, viz: A register of outpatients (Form 1944), a register of permits (Form 1945), a record of public property (Form 1960) to be kept by the officer who issues relief papers, a register of hospital patients (Form 1946), a record of letters and papers received (Form 1957), a record of letters and papers sent (Form 1958), and a record of medical inspection of seamen (Form 1956) to be kept by the acting assistant surgeon.
ART. 336. The following-named official records shall be kept at stations of the fourth class, viz: A register of outpatients (Form 1944), a register of permits (Form 1945), a record of public property (Form 1960) to be kept by the officer who issues relief papers; and, if an acting assistant surgeon is on duty, a record of medical inspection of seamen (Form 1956), to be kept by that officer.
ART. 337. The register of out-patients shall contain the number (commencing with No. 1 on the 1st day of July of each year), name, age, and nativity of each patient, the name of the vessel on which he last served, and the period of his last service; the patient's statement as to any previous relief from the Marine-Hospital Service, and when, where, and for what disease such relief was obtained;