From Company Doctors to Managed Care: The United Mine Workers' Noble Experiment

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Cornell University Press, 1997 - Medical - 212 pages

The Welfare and Retirement Fund of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) is widely acknowledged as the most innovative effort at group health care in the United States in the twentieth century. Ivana Krajcinovic describes the establishment, operation, and demise of the Fund that brought mining families from the backwater to the forefront of medical care in less than a decade. Krajcinovic analyzes the success of the Fund over nearly three decades in providing high-quality cost-effective care to miners and their families. She also explains the irony of its dismantlement at the very moment when its innovations gained currency among mainstream commercial plans.

 

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Contents

The Fund and the
17
Designing the Fund
51
The Delivery of Physician Care under the
75
The Miners Memorial
107
External Challenges to the Operation
131
The Transformation and Dismantling
163
Data Sources
177
Bibliography
205
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About the author (1997)

Having received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University, Ivana Krajcinovic is now an organizer, working with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union in Northern California.

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