Isidore S. Falk Papers by
Call Number: MS 1039
Quantity: 100.75 linear feet
I. S. Falk (b. 1899) was a leading advocate and policy maker in developing alternatives to traditional solo, fee-for-service medical practice, especially national health insurance and health maintenance organizations.
The papers document the struggle for organized personal health services and the evolution of health policy from 1929 to 1980, providing the best coverage from 1940 to 1974. The Social Security Administration section in series I and, to a lesser extent, the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care and the Committee on Economic Security sections, trace the development, growth, and decline of the second national campaign for government supported health insurance in the United States from 1929 to 1954. Also included is information on the emergence of medical care as a major subdivision within the field of public health. The Social Security files contain extensive material on the major social and health insurance issues of the 1940s, and document the active role played by federal agencies during the New Deal and the combination of research, compromise, and opportunity which produced major social and health legislation. They reflect, too, the development of a conservative reaction against social legislation in the 1940s.
The papers provide broad coverage of private efforts to restructure the organization and delivery of health care through group practice prepayment plans (health maintenance organizations) from the late 1950s forward and of the resurgence of national interest in comprehensive, government-sponsored health insurance in the late 1960s and the 1970s. The papers also contain material on health and social programs in developing countries, particularly Malaysia and Panama.