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Books, Journals, New Media
April 2, 2003

Health Policy

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1704-1705. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1704

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.

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