The first health insurance plan was brought up on the Civil War (1861-1865). The coverage was accidents with travel with rail or steamboats. As the years went by more and more policies past. Later in the 1940's and 1950's the employee benefits plan came about. Their was coverage for just about anything, until in the 1990's Clinton purpose that all Americans get health care; but Congress opposed because of cost. (Northern California Neurosurgery Medical Group). http://www.neurosurgical.com/medical_history_and_ethics/history/history_of_health_insurance.htm
Now in 2011, our health insurance as skyrocketed. It has become unequal for the rest of our society who are not while or middle-class living in suburban areas, also known as the "Conflict Theory". In Chapter 14, of the textbook they have listed the inequalities in health insurance. (page.358)
- Unequal distribution of health care by race-ethnicity, social class, or gender.
- Unequal distribution of health care by region.
- Inadequate health education of inner-city and rural parents.