Health Insurance in Foreign Countries

September 16, 1938

Report Outline
Health Insurance Plan in Next Congress
Types of Foreign Health Insurance Plans
Health Insurance in Great Britain
Socialized Medicine in Soviet Russia

Health Insurance Plan in Next Congress

Although health insurance is an important feature of social insurance schemes in most foreign countries, the social security system of the United States makes no provision for assisting workers in bearing the economic burdens of sickness. A plan designed to provide such assistance-through insurance against the costs of medical care and against loss of wages during illness-will be laid before the next Congress and in all probability will receive strong support from the administration.

The proposed health insurance plan was drafted by a technical committee on medical care composed of government officialswa as part of a comprehensive national health program. The complete program, which was formulated at the instance of the Interdepartmental Committee to Coordinate Health and Welfare Activities appointed by President Roosevelt in 1935, was submitted to the National Health Conference at Washington in mid-July, where it was the subject of discussion by representatives or organized labor, agriculture, civic groups, and the medical profession.

In a message to the health conference, which had been called at his suggestion, President Roosevelt expressed the hope that “a chart for continuing concerted action will begin to take form.” A coordinated national health program “necessarily must take account of the fact that millions of citizens lack the individual means to pay for adequate medical care,” he said. “The economic loss due to sickness is a very serious matter, not only for many families with and without incomes, but for the nation as a whole.”

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Sep. 21, 2012  Assessing the New Health Care Law
Jun. 11, 2010  Health-Care Reform Updated
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Mar. 30, 2007  Universal Coverage
Jun. 14, 2002  Covering the Uninsured
Apr. 16, 1999  Managing Managed Care
Apr. 12, 1996  Managed Care
Mar. 17, 1995  Primary Care
Nov. 23, 1990  Setting Limits on Medical Care
Oct. 14, 1988  The Failure to Contain Medical Costs
Aug. 10, 1984  Health Care: Pressure for Change
Apr. 08, 1983  Rising Cost of Health Care
Jan. 28, 1977  Controlling Health Costs
Aug. 09, 1974  Health Maintenance Organizations
Jun. 13, 1973  Health Care in Britain and America
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Jun. 20, 1962  Health Care Plans and Medical Practice
May 28, 1958  Health Insurance Costs
Feb. 17, 1954  Government Aid for Health Plans
Nov. 22, 1949  Compensation for Disability
Aug. 30, 1946  Public Medical Care
Jan. 25, 1944  Medical Insurance
Sep. 16, 1938  Health Insurance in Foreign Countries
Mar. 06, 1937  Toward Health Insurance
Jul. 09, 1934  Sickness Insurance and Group Hospitalization
Health Insurance and Managed Care
Humanitarian Assistance