The Health Care System Of The United States Essay

1495 Words Nov 16th, 2014 6 Pages
November 9, 2014
During the years 1750 and 2000 the health care system in the United States has evolved from a simple system that utilized home remedies and doctors with very little training into a complex, scientific and technological system that is called at time the medical industrial complex. This is built on science and technology. This wonderful evolution includes the “germ theory” which is the cause of disease, also the professionalization of doctors, and the rise of institutions of learning for medical training, technological advances, and advent of medical insurance. Also during this period health care programs, drug regulations and medical insurances have developed. Recently the healthcare system has seen growth of corporations that have made a profit from healthcare (Fillamore, 2014).
The past of medicine tells a great deal of the economics which is the science that deals with the production, distribution and consumption of goods. Prior to the year 1800 medicine in the United States was considered a family affair meaning that families would take care of all illnesses. Only during very serious illnesses would a doctor be called upon. This type of medicine is called “domestic medicine” and early medical practices consisted of home remedies and very few scientifically practiced procedures. Physicians that had a medical degree and scientific training didn’t show up in the United States until the late colonial time period. The University of Pennsylvania was the…

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