From Sickness to Health: The Twentieth-Century Development of U.S. Health Insurance

  title={From Sickness to Health: The Twentieth-Century Development of U.S. Health Insurance},
  author={Melissa A Thomasson},
  journal={Explorations in Economic History},
  • M. Thomasson
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • Economics, Medicine, Political Science
  • Explorations in Economic History
Abstract This paper explores the institutional development of health insurance in the United States. By combining a qualitative history of the development of the market with an empirical analysis of a panel of health insurance data from 1931–1955, the paper identifies a number of factors that influenced the growth of the health insurance market. While demand factors such as increasing income and improvements in medical technology certainly contributed to the growth of the market, supply side… 

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