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November 1948

Health Insurance in the United States.

Am J Dis Child. 1948;76(5):597. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030030610013

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"Health Insurance in the United States" is the tenth in a series of monographs published under the auspices of the Committee on Medicine and the Changing Order of the New York Academy of Medicine. Primarily, the book is a history of the health insurance movement in the United States, and shows the relation of the various phases of this history to those groups that have opposed and promoted the Wagner-Murray-Dingell bills.

The authors divide the movement into three periods. The first, from 1910 to World War I, came about as a result of agitation for workmen's compensation legislation. "It is significant that in the decade following 1911 compensation laws were adopted by 42 states." Paralleling the enactment of workmen's compensation laws, a number of attempts were made to pass general health insurance legislation. Interest in the subject was shown by the fact that "health insurance bills were introduced in three

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