2011-04-05 -- Information and Cold War Medicine

2011-04-05 -- Information and Cold War Medicine - The Cold...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–5. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: The Cold War and the “Flood” of Medical Information History 451 April 5, 2011 Prof. November Victory and American Medicine • Shock of millions of young people re-entering society – And they’re demanding quality healthcare • Loss of comprehensive healthcare infrastructure – Similar (paid) services exist in urban areas – Lack of infrastructure in rural areas • Demand for gov’t-supported healthcare – Truman campaigns on this in 1948 • “Private Social Security” and big corporations Kaiser Permanente • Comprehensive coverage of employees of Kaiser Company (1940s) – 20,000 shipyard workers – 618,000 workers covered by 1958 • Alternative to fee-for-service healthcare – Most workers cannot afford this • Kaiser insures its employee and manages network of care providers – AMA strongly opposes this scheme – AMA promotes Blue/Cross Blue/Shield model instead Blue Cross / Blue Shield Assn • BCBSA provides bureaucratic infrastructure to allow employers to pay for care of workers – Group Plan • Employer pays premium for each worker • BCBSA sends covered workers to pre-selected group of physicians and clinics/hospitals – Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) – Physicians and clinics are (in principle) independent • BCBSA manages payment of physicians and oversight of benefits for covered workers – Physician and patient need to justify cost of treatment • From non-profit to for-profit (1980s) Why Information Matters...
View Full Document

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

Page1 / 15

2011-04-05 -- Information and Cold War Medicine - The Cold...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 5. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online