The History of Health Care in the United States


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In which decade was national health care legislation first proposed, causing unions to believe that a plan offering compulsory health insurance would weaken the union systems?

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1. In which decade was the organization that would be the precursor to Blue Cross Blue Shield established?

2. When did the price of medical and hospital care begin to double?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet will test how much you know about the development of the U.S. healthcare system. Topics include the decade when national healthcare was first proposed and the decade when a nonprofit health insurance company was established.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Consider these points before taking the quiz:

  • Period when hospital and medical care started to double
  • Creation of the Health Maintenance Organization Act
  • Decade when the Affordable Care Act was signed into law

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the related lesson on the development of the healthcare system in the U.S.
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about when national healthcare legislation was first introduced and the established of the first nonprofit health insurance company
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the establishment of the Health Maintenance Organization Act

Additional Learning

Learn more with the lesson called The History of Health Care in the United States. These key topics will be addressed:

  • American healthcare in the 1800s
  • Healthcare for low-income workers in the early 20th century
  • Passage of the Social Security Act (SSA) of 1935
  • Medicare and Medicaid legislation
  • The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
  • Policies enacted under the Clinton administration