Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
Doctors and Reformers makes an important contribution
to the still sparse historical literature on the development of health insurance
for physician and hospital payment in the United States. Ending his major
presentation of the debates over a national health plan in 1950, Jonathan
Engel lays out in detail the multiple conflicting institutional and personal
agendas that eventually coalesced into the partial solutions that are still
with us—private health insurance that is mainly employment related,
coverage of the elderly at the national level (Medicare)—and a constantly
changing array of programs for children and variously defined needy populations
funded jointly between states and the federal government.
Renate Wilson. Health Policy. JAMA. 2003;289(13):1704–1705. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1704