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Keywords:

  • health reform;
  • health costs

Abstract

Health reform's history in the United States has taken unexpected turns over the past century, often reflecting political and philosophical divisions underlying US society. Paul Starr, a Pulitzer Prize author for his book The Social Transformation of American Medicine (1984), has written a thoroughly readable and carefully documented history of health reform from the perspective of a historian, sociologist and a participant in health reform's policy debates.