Healthcare Bibliography — General

History of Healthcare Reform

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Gunnar Almgren, M.S.W., Ph.D.: Health Care Politics, Policy and Services: A Social Justice Analysis, second edition 2012.

Stuart Altman and David Shactman: Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care, 2011.

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

Theodore M. Brown and Elizabeth Fee: "Henry E. Sigerist: Medical Historian and Social Visionary" http://1.usa.gov/JRzELO

Clayton Christensen, Jerome Grossman, MD, and Jason Hwang, MD: The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care. NY: McGraw-Hill, 2008.

Colorado Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform: Final Report to the Colorado General Assembly, January 31, 2008 http://1.usa.gov/oNnDOO

Colorado Medical Society: Physicians' Congress for Health Care Reform-Guiding Principles for Health System Reform. Approved by the CMS House of Delegates at the 2006 Annual Meeting. http://bit.ly/15nurmo

Colorado Medical Society: Report of the Colorado Medical Society Physicians — Congress for Heath Care Reform. Progress Report and Recommendations. 2009. http://bit.ly/WQvmZq. The 2010 update is here: http://bit.ly/Xk8Jeq

The Commonwealth Fund: International Profiles of Health Care Systems, 2012: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States (112-page .pdf) http://bit.ly/1lzH5nn
Each overview covers health insurance, public and private financing, health system organization, quality of care, health disparities, efficiency and integration, care coordination, use of health information technology, use of evidence-based practice, cost containment, and recent reforms and innovations. In addition, summary tables provide data on a number of key health system characteristics and performance indicators, including overall health care spending, hospital spending and utilization, health care access, patient safety, care coordination, chronic care management, disease prevention, capacity for quality improvement, and public views.
Alan Derickson: Health Security for All: Dreams of Universal Health Care in America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Alan Derickson: "'Take Health from the List of Luxuries': Labor and the Right to Health Care, 1915-1949," Labor History 41: 171-187. 2000.

Alan Derickson: Workers' Health, Workers' Democracy: The Western Miners' Struggle, 1891-1925. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988.

Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D.: Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America, 2008.

Paul Farmer, Ph.D., M.D.: Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor , 2003.
Steven Miles, M.D., in the New England Journal of Medicine: There are many kinds of gifted physicians: clinicians, researchers, and those who build institutions. Paul Farmer is the rarest of all: a prophet. Pathologies of Power is a jeremiad on how the "structural violence" of denied opportunities, economic deprivation, violent despots (and the powers supporting them), and international financial organizations harm the health of billions of people who are so distant that they are glibly and uncomprehendingly referred to as living in a "third world."
Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Arthur Kleinman, and Matthew Basillico (eds.): Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction , 2013

Gordon Forsyth: Doctors and State Medicine: A Study of the British Health Service. Philadelphia and Toronto: Lippincott, 1966.

Colin Gordon: Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health Care in Twentieth-Century America. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Martin Gorsky and Sally Sheard: Financing Medicine: The British Experience since 1750. London and New York: Routledge, 2006.

Health and Health Care: A Pastoral Letter of the American Catholic Bishops. United States Catholic Conference, November 19, 1981. http://bit.ly/zevciA

Ruth G. Hodgkinson: The Origins of the National Health Service: The Medical Services of the New Poor Law, 1834-1871. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967.

Beatrix Hoffman: "Health Care Reform and Social Movements in the United States," American Journal of Public Health 93(1): 75-85. Jan 2003. http://1.usa.gov/5r9Vh8

Sandeep Jauhar, M.D.: Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician, 2014.

Jill Lepore: "Preëxisting Condition," The New Yorker December 7, 2009.

Barry S. Levy, M.D., M.P.H., and Victor W. Sidel, M.D.: Social Injustice and Public Health, second edition 2013. Roy Lubove: The Struggle for Social Security, 1900-1930. 2nd edition. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1986.

Theodore Marmor: The Politics of Medicare. Edison, NJ: Aldine Transaction, 1970, 1973, 2000.
John E. McDonough: Inside National Health Reform, 2012.
New York Review of Books: "Admirably clear. . . provides the best explanation available, which occupies most of his book, of the many individual components of the ten titles of the final [Affordable Care Act]."
Helen Meldrum: Characteristics of Compassion: Portraits of Exemplary Physicians, 2009.

Karen S. Palmer, M.P.H.: "A Brief History: Universal Health Care Efforts in the U.S." (1999) http://bit.ly/tbbs2

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

Sarah Reibert and Alice Jannings (eds.): Socioeconomic Status and Health Implications. Social Justice, Equality and Empowerment, 2012.

T.R. Reid: The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, 2009, 2010.
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times: "Important and powerful. . . a rich tour of health care around the world."
Rosamond Rhodes, Margaret Battin, and Anita Silvers (ed.): Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care, second edition 2012.

Paul Starr: Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform, revised edition, 2013.
Norman Ornstein: "Paul Starr, who gave us a magisterial account of the history of American medicine, now has given us the definitive account of the history of the struggle to enact health reform in America. Starr has done more than just study reform-he was a player in efforts to achieve it. Remedy and Reaction is in some ways thus an insider's history, which only enriches the experience of the reader.

"This book is a lively read, but has depth and insight. From its account of the early experiences in the twentieth century with reform, up through the disappointments in our lifetimes to achieve any comprehensive change, through the enactment of the Affordable Care Act and the story of its uncertain future, Remedy and Reaction is the definitive account of the history of health reform in America."
Paul Starr: The Social Transformation of American Medicine: the Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry, 1981
H. Jack Geiger, M.D., New York Times Book Review: "The definitive social history of the medical profession in America. . . . A monumental achievement." Social Transformation won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize in American History. Paul Starr's books are uncommonly valuable.

See Paul Starr: "Social Transformation Twenty Years On," Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 29: 1005-1019 (2004)
Rosemary Stevens: American Medicine and the Public Interest. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1971. Updated edition with an extensive new introduction and a new bibliography, University of California Press, 1998.

Rosemary Stevens: In Sickness and in Wealth: American Hospitals in the Twentieth Century, 1989.

Ann Taket: Health Equity, Social Justice, and Human Rights, 2012.

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation, 2013.

Aana Marie Vigen: Women, Ethics, and Inequality in U.S. Healthcare: "To Count among the Living" , 2011.

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