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Health Insurance in the United States

Health Insurance in the United States
http://eh.net/encyclopedia/article/thomasson.insurance.health.us

excerpt:
1900-1920: Sickness Insurance versus Health Insurance

Prior to 1920, the state of medical technology generally meant that very little could be done for many patients, and that most patients were treated in their homes. Table 1 provides a list of pioneering early advances in medicine. Hospitals did not assume their modern form until after the turn of the century when antiseptic methods were well established. Even then, surgery was often performed in private homes until the 1920s.


Comments:
I have at various time walked thru cemeteries and read headstones. From my recollection I did not see a lot of headstones of people dying at an early age prior to the 1920s. If anything you would come across a period of epidemics. My granfather passed away at an early age from the flu epidemic in 1916. That epidemic took quite a few lives.
I can remember when doctors made house calls for a small sum of money.
I see in California where they are now going to allow registered nurses take care of office call type visits because of the shortage of doctors there.
Thought the article would be a good read for those interested.


Thank you.
Today with doctor visits and modern medicine, the average age one can expect to live to is 72.

Cancer is rampant because all of the atom bomb testing done in the desert, that fallout fell on the food chain
and crops were picked, distributed and eaten. Some milk was neither homogenization or pasteurization and people drank it.
Cancer is also rampant among the baby boomers who received the polio vaccine in the 50's that contained Simian virus 40. I remember all of us children lined up to get our "vaccine" that was on a sugar cube. Dr. Mengele would have been proud of western medicine's accomplishment of decreasing our life spans and making us sicker so we can buy more pills.
Yeah I remember the polio vaccine in the 50s. My brother came down with polio when he was younger I was told. Fortunately they were able to control it or his antibodies helped. Whatever occurred his temp was so high vertebrae in his lower back fused together. That is the only disability he got out of it and lived a normal life except for lower back restrictions and he is still alive today.

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