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Health and Health Care During The Great Depression

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Jasmine Page

on 23 March 2011

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Health and Health Care During The Great Depression The Great Depression started in 1929 with the crash of the stock market and ended around the late 1930's and early 1940's. Heath Care... was a luxury during this time. At first it was relativly unattainable to the poor and the 25% of the population that was unemployed. Personal health was not a top priority for an american during the Great Depression. Regular visits to the doctor were not normal, which cleared the way for many home remedies such as: a
combination of molasses mixed with a little melted
butter for a sore throat, or warm oil put in an aching ear or a little castor oil for an upset stomach. Many home remedies seemed to have worked quite well and are still used today by those who remember the recipes. The Begining of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association Around the same time Blue Cross sprung on to the scene, Blue Shield emerged out of the lumber and mining camps of the Pacific Northwest. The result of the serious injuries and chronic illness among workers, employers wanted to offer medical care for their employes. FuN FAcT:

America's First "blue cross baby was born in Durham, NC in 1954. Her birth was the first to be covered under insurace that included maternatiy. The total cost of delivery and the mothers 10-day stay was $60. & the health of the public major health issues were:

-poor diet (lack of money meant lack of food)
Influenza ! (At this point in time we are mainly pre-anitbiotics and pre-vaccinations!) Hospitals Many hospitals struggled to make ends meet during the Great Depression. Decreased salaries and no-pay and shortened vacations for the nurses came with the bad economic times.
! Physicians have helped those in need and treated people for free or for a trade in like food or other goods.
With such a huge percentage of the public out of work and limited funds and available essential services, hospitals could only treat major injuries and illnesses. Overall.... living conditions for large portions of the population were bad: inadequate nutrition, uncomfortable crowding, sanitation issues, basically pre-vaccinations and pre-antibiotics

Health care existed but it was still a work in progress. Although health insurance did exsit it was not very common. Blue Cross was one of the first companies of its kind. Created by Justin Ford Kimball, an innovative businessman, he offered a way for 1,300 school teachers in Dallas to finance 21 days of hospital care by making small monthly payments to the Baylor University Hospital.

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