The Progression of Healthcare in America

  • American Medical Association (AMA) founded

    American Medical Association (AMA) founded
    Founding of the AMAThis marks the day when about 250 delegates from 28 different states elected at the national medical convention to establish the AMA with Dr. Nathaniel Chapman as its first president. Dr. Nathan S. Davis is known as the founder of the AMA, because it was he who called for the national convention to be held in 1845. "The AMA represents the best of American medicine and today continues to serve as an advocate for the profession, physician and patient."
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    AALL Campaigns for Health Insurance

    PNHPThe American Association of Labor Legislation started campaigning for health insurance in 1906. In 1912 a committee for social welfare was crated, and in 1915 the committee decided to concentrate on health insurance and draft a bill that covered the services of health care facilities, sick pay, maternity leave, and death benefits for those earning less than $1,200/year.
  • AMA can not decide.

    PNHP At first, the AMA supported the AALL in a united front on the campaign for health insurance. After extreme opposition from state medical societies, the AMA denied supporting the AALL and their healthcare bill.
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    Committee on the Cost of Medical Care (CCMC)

    <ahref='http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/7/3/236.full.pdf+html' >Health Affairs</a>The CCMC was founded "to make a comprehensive study of medical economics". It's final report in 1932 advocated for voluntary health insurance and group practice. This final report started a cascade of major health reforms by the American Hospital Association and the government, eventually creating Blue Cross and the Emergency Relief Act.
  • Blue Cross Prototype Created

    Blue Cross Prototype Created
    BCBSJustin F. Kimball created a prototype for pre-paid Hospital care in Dallas, Texas. This prototype would later grow to insure more than 100 million Americans.
  • Blue Sheild Created

    Blue Sheild Created
    BCBSBlue Sheild provides reimbursment for the services performed by physicians. I was linked to the Blue Cross program, and it's logo was made in Buffalo, NY.
  • Coverage Spreads

    BCBSIn about 15 years, the number of Americans who had health insurance increased from less than 10% to over 70%.
  • Medicare Signed into Law

    Medicare Signed into Law
    The History of MedicarePresident Johnson signed Medicare into law as part of the Social Security ammendments. Medicare provides low-cost hospitalization and medical insurance for the ederly of the Nation. It also inderectly aids the families of those elderly, by making it so they do not have to be paying for those health costs.
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    So Much Debate

    WikipediaThroughout the 1970s, several health care reform options were presented to the government. None of them passed. There was no way to keep everyone happy - they turned down universal health care, national health care, and bipartisan bills.
  • Medicare Perscription Drug, Improvement, and Moderntization Act

    Medicare Perscription Drug, Improvement, and Moderntization Act
    WikipediaSigned by President George W. Bush in December of 2003, MMA was aimed at making expensive perscription drugs (which were being used more and more) more affordable for the nation's elderly. It managed this through tax breaks and subsidies.
  • America's Health Insurance Plans Formed

    America's Health Insurance Plans Formed
    SourceWatchAmerica's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) was formed through a merger of the American Association of Health Plans and the Health Insurance Association of America. Today, it represents over 1,000 health insurance companies at a federal and state level, with the media, and with consumers and employers.
  • AHIP Proposes Reforms

    AHIP Proposes Reforms
    WikipediaIn March of 2009, AHIP presented a set of reforms to the government, none of which have had a bill passed for them yet.