Healthcare Bibliography — General

History of Health Insurance

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Odin W. Anderson: "Health Insurance in the United States, 1910-1920," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 5: 363-396. 1950.

"Birth of the National Health Service: The early history of the NHS." BBC website. 19 videos and 12 documents. http://bbc.in/72M5gx

David Blumenthal: "Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the United States: Origins and Implications," New England Journal of Medicine 355: 82-88. 6 July 2006.

Robert Cunningham III and Robert M. Cunningham, Jr.: The Blues: A History of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield System. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1997.

Michael M. Davis: "The American Approach to Health Insurance." Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly 12 (July 1934): 201-17.

Edwin J. Faulkner: Health Insurance. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1960.
Edwin Faulkner was the first president of the Health Insurance Association of America, which was established by the health insurance industry in 1956.

Price V. Fishback and Shawn E. Kantor: Prelude to the Welfare State: The Origins of Workers' Compensation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

"German Social Insurance" website http://bit.ly/3RHgVI

Timothy W. Guinnane and Jochen Streb: "Moral Hazard in a mutual health-insurance system: German Knappschaften, 1867-1914." Department of Economics, Yale University, September 2009. http://bit.ly/187nqov

"History of Health Insurance Benefits," March 2002, "Employee Benefit Research Institute" website. http://bit.ly/SBsVFS

Beatrix Hoffman: The Wages of Sickness: The Politics of Health Insurance in Progressive America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

"The International Social Security Association: A unique role in the world of international organizations," an historical overview on the ISSA website. http://bit.ly/NtnHZj

Kaiser Wilhelm I's Royal Proclamation on Social Policy (November 17, 1881). http://bit.ly/P9WQF5
This is the foundational document for government health insurance.

Martin Lengwiler: "Conference or Cartel? The International Congress of Actuaries and the Emergence of a European Market for Private Sickness Insurance (1890-1950)," a paper presented at the 11th annual conference of the European Business History Association, University of Geneva, September 13-15, 2007 on "International Business, International Organizations and the Wealth of Nations." http://bit.ly/PZpNVr

Thomas V. McDavitt: "Voluntary Prepayment Medical Care Plans." Journal of American Insurance, December 23, no. 2 (1946).

David Moss: Socializing Security: Progressive-Era Economists and the Origins of American Social Policy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.

Raymond Muntz: Bargaining for Health: Labor Unions, Health Insurance, and Medical Care. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1967.

John E. Murray: Origins of American Health Insurance: A History of Industrial Sickness Funds. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.

Scott Myers-Lipton: Social Solutions to Poverty: America's Struggle to Build a Just Society. Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers, 2006.

National Catholic Welfare Conference: Bishops' Program of Social Reconstruction. Washington, DC, 1919. http://bit.ly/O94YHK
This official document of the U.S. Catholic bishops included some specific teachings on health insurance that assumed that healthcare is a universal human right. See sections 25-27 under the heading "Social Insurance."

The Need for a National Health Program: Report of The Technical Committee on Medical Care Interdepartmental Committee to Coordinate Health and Welfare Activities. Washington, DC, 1938. http://1.usa.gov/GTFog9

Ronald L. Numbers: Almost Persuaded: American Physicians and Compulsory Health Insurance, 1912-1920. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978.

Karen S. Palmer, MPH: "A Brief History: Universal Health Care Efforts in the US." Transcription of an address to the 1999 meeting of Physicians for a National Health Program. http://bit.ly/tbbs2

Lynn Parry, MD: "Testimony of Lynn Parry, MD, President Colorado Medical Society to the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform Saturday, March 24, 2007 Alamosa, Colorado." 9 pages.

PBS NewsHour: "A Detailed Timeline of the Clinton-Era Healthcare Debate." http://to.pbs.org/RWvXN

Gerald M. Peterson, MD: "Medical Costs-Who Should Pay?" "Innominate Society of Louisville" website. http://bit.ly/Ntk45J

Wendell Porter: "Analysis: Insurance exchanges tilted toward health insurers, not consumers. A Rocky Mountain outrage: Colorado governor, legislators give regular folks short shrift in choice of board members," Center for Public Integrity iWatch News July 14, 2011 http://t.co/L97fo5G

Jill Quadagno: One Nation Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Jeffery A. Roberts: "A History of Health Insurance in the US and Colorado." University of Denver Center for Colorado's Economic Future, 2009. http://bit.ly/gWXgQx

Daniel T. Rodgers: Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Joseph S. Ross: "The Committee on the Costs of Medical Care and the History of Health Insurance in the United States" Einstein Quart. J. Biol. Med. (2002) 19:129-134. http://bit.ly/hdG1NG

Florence R. Sabin, M.D. (1871-1953) —Profile

Florence R. Sabin, MD: "The People Win for Public Health in Colorado," American Journal of Public Health, October 1947, pp. 1311-1316. http://1.usa.gov/qn29HF

Theda Skocpol: Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992.

Laura A. Scofea: "The Development and Growth of Employer-Provided Health Insurance." Monthly Labor Review (March 1994) http://bitly.com/jb1byL

David G. Smith and Judith D. Moore: Medicaid Politics and Policy, 1965-2007. Edison, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2007.

Melissa A. Thomasson: "Early Evidence of an Adverse Selection Death Spiral? The Case of Blue Cross and Blue Shield," Explorations in Economic History, 41(4): 313-328. October 2004.

Melissa A. Thomasson: "From Sickness to Health: The Twentieth-Century Development of U.S. Health Insurance," Explorations in Economic History 39: 233-53. July 2002.

Melissa A. Thomasson: "Health Insurance in the United States," EH.net Encyclopedia. http://bit.ly/1vimLMm

Melissa A. Thomasson: "The Importance of Group Coverage: How Tax Policy Shaped U.S. Health Insurance." American Economic Review, 93(4): 1373-1384. September 2003

George Watson: "The Forgotten Churchill: The man who stared down Hitler also helped create the modern welfare state," The American Scholar, June 3, 2011 http://bit.ly/lNuo58
George Watson is a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. He is the editor of the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature and the author of The Lost Literature of Socialism and Take Back the Past.

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