November 28, 1959

Health Insurance

JAMA. 1959;171(13):1902. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010310134031

This book is the result of a great deal of research on the broad subject of health insurance. It is divided into four general sections, with the following captions: Health Losses and How They Are Met; Expense Coverages; Income Coverages; and Health Insurer Operations. Of necessity, the text treats a wide range of topics in order to give the reader a better understanding of what has occurred in the past 20 years in a rather heterogeneous development which is now a major force in health economics. In addition to a discussion of health insurance, as the term is now generally interpreted, there also are discussions of several phases of social insurance, including workmen's compensation, nonoccupational disability laws, and old-age, survivors, and disability insurance. It also makes brief mention of public assistance programs. Blue Shield, Blue Cross, insurance companies, and other organizations involved in the broad field of health insurance are

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