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October 12, 2005

Health Care

JAMA. 2005;294(14):1826. doi:10.1001/jama.294.14.1826-a

The United States is the only affluent nation in the world that does not guarantee every citizen access to health care. This is not for lack of interest or effort. In Health Security for All: Dreams of Universal Health Care in America, historian Alan Derickson recounts the major efforts at securing universal access to health care since the early 20th century.

Through an impassioned historical analysis the book probes three major themes: (1) key justifications that proponents have proffered for universal access; (2) mechanisms that proponents have used; and (3) participants (both supportive and nonsupportive) in reforms aimed at universal access.

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