The first move towards a national health insurance system was launched in Germany in 1883, with the Sickness Insurance Law.Industrial employers were mandated to provide injury and illness insurance for their low-wage workers, and the system was funded and administered by employees and employers through "sick funds", which were drawn from deductions in workers' wages and from employers' contributions. In the United Kingdom, the National Insurance Act 1911 provided coverage for primary care (but not specialist or hospital care) for wage earners, covering about one third of the population.(Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) Trump has mocked “the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days” on Twitter, but his White House team is aggressively planning to tout his accomplishments this week while pushing Congress to include funding for the president’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall in a spending measure that would keep the government open past April 28.1945 -- President Harry Truman accepts the resignation of VA Administrator Frank Hines after a series of news reports detailing shoddy care in VA-run hospitals, according to a 2010 history produced by the Independent Institute.1946 -- The American Legion leads the charge seeking the ouster of VA Administrator Gen.Omar Bradley, citing an ongoing lack of facilities, troubles faced by hundreds of thousands of veterans in getting services and a proposal to limit access to services for some combat veterans, according to the 2010 history.1970s -- Veterans grow increasingly frustrated with the VA for failing to better fund treatment and assistance programs, and later to recognize exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange by troops in Vietnam as the cause for numerous medical problems among veterans.
While negotiating this week with the White House on a plan to avoid a government shutdown and strongly opposed to any new plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are planning to lead a series of events designed to call out Trump’s work and words on the economy, trade, health-care reform and his vows to “drain the swamp” in Washington.Such entities are called “third-parties” because they typically do not deliver or receive the healthcare (i.e., they are not patients or caregivers).* A Rand Corporation study tracked the healthcare spending of 2,756 families over periods of either three or five years during 1974-1982.Moreover, the additional expense that comes from being admitted to a relatively costly hospital is also fully insured, or nearly so.Thus, neither patients nor physicians have much incentive to choose an economically efficient rather than an inefficient hospital, or to economize on services once a patient is admitted…. (2001) analyzed insurance coverage levels and health outcomes of “an older, chronically ill population” with conditions such as “diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, or depression.” The study grouped “individuals into 3 cost-sharing categories: no copay (insurance pays all), low copay (insurance pays more than half but not all), and high copay (insurance pays half or less).” Per the study: We found no association between cost sharing and health status at baseline or follow-up.