Thomas Bodenheimer



The Industrial Revolution in Health Care

This is a historical overview of health care in the U.S. The increasing tendency for profits to be severed from socially beneficial endeavors is borne out by Thomas Bodenheimer’s analysis of the evolution of the U.S. health care system. Bodenheimer explains that in contrast to the past when health care profits were retained largely for improvements within the health care sector with the rise of investor-owned for-profit health institutions profits are distributed to investors who are less likely to contribute to health care improvement and community services goals. Such for-profit health maintenance organizations concerned only with the bottom line are anticipated to constitute the majority of health care services by the year 2000.

health care policy; mortality rates; health care, financing of; health maintenance organizations; medicare/medicaid; insurance companies; doctors; health care, politics of

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 22, No. 4 (1995): 26-42


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