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Author Murray, John E., 1959-

Title Origins of American health insurance : a history of industrial sickness funds / John E. Murray
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2007]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 313 pages) : illustrations
Series Yale series in economic and financial history
Yale series in economic and financial history.
Contents Industrial sickness funds -- Political economy of progressive-era sickness insurance -- Progressive ideals : private and public insurance in Europe -- The rise of sickness funds -- How establishment funds worked -- How labor union funds worked -- Workers' decisions to save or buy insurance -- Workers' decisions to work or stay home sick -- Insured workers' health in the Great Depression -- Actuarial science and the decline of sickness funds -- Succession in the forest of social welfare reform
Summary "How did the United States come to have its distinctive workplace-based health insurance system? Why did Progressive initiatives to establish a government system fail? This book explores the history of health insurance in the United States from its roots in the nineteenth-century sickness funds offered by industrial employers, fraternal organizations, and labor unions to the rise of such group plans as Blue Cross and Blue Shield in the mid-twentieth century."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Absenteeism (Labor) -- United States.
Health insurance -- United States -- History.
Sick leave -- United States -- History.
Insurance, Health -- history.
Sick Leave -- history.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300150164 (electronic bk.)
9780300150162 (electronic bk.)
(cloth : alk. paper)
(cloth : alk. paper)