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Health Insurance...how did we get here?

As stories and imagination inspire what we have seen on television portraying early American medical practices, what most know is perhaps, visually just that. And if we are to look into the American Health Insurance History, it is a deep dive depending on how far back we are to go with what information can be found.


Though deep dives don’t have to be so in-depth, do they? Let’s start with some early pioneers that brought about more knowledge which has led up to where we are now in America with our current Health Insurance.

During 1850-1870, Louis Pasteur led the way with his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. Joseph Lister’s research into bacteriology and infection in wounds raised his operative technique allowing him to bring about the idea of sterile surgery by successfully introducing phenol to sterilize with.


In 1887, Samuel Siegfried Karl Ritter von Basch invented an instrument to measure blood pressure. 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen successfully produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range that we know as X-rays. During 1910-1946, the development of Salvarsan, Insulin and Synthetic Penicillin along with many other strides in medical advances took place. And in 1955, Jonas Salk announced his development of a vaccine for polio.


Again, there’s so much history, that this is barely scratching the surface to where we are now. There were so many legendary leaders in the medical field paving the way and still are. Continue with us on this journey as we take a look into where we are now in our American Healthcare Insurance History.


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