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January 19, 1976

Blue Cross Since 1929: Accountability and the Public Trust

Author Affiliations

University of Connecticut School of Medicine Farmington, Conn

JAMA. 1976;235(3):321. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260290065042

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This is a fascinating account of a struggle within the private sector that demonstrates public accountability and provides testimony for the support of pluralism in financing of health care in the future. It will make enjoyable reading for all and most important reading for those who have an interest and voice in shaping legislation in national health insurance.

The author, a renowned scholar of the field, spent four years interviewing cardinal figures in the Blue Cross movement to gather the data for this account. The result provides many new and intriguing insights into the forces and men responsible for shaping this important part of American medical history. The vignettes drawn from the memory of those interviewed, together with minutes of meetings and other accounts, make this history come alive. It is difficult to put this book down once it is begun.

The Blue Cross movement is traced from its beginning