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Books, Journals, New Media
August 11, 2004


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. 2004;292(6):742-743. doi:10.1001/jama.292.6.742

A country's history and development affect many features of its daily life, including the manner in which health care is made available. The United States evolved predominantly from adventurous pioneers, free thinkers, and political and religious refugees. Consequently, US society has developed into one in which personal rights and freedom are jealously guarded, so that health care is generally seen as a matter of individual choice about a private service, limited only by ability to pay.