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Hospital of Central Connecticut physician’s article published in Dec. 16 JAMA

New Britain [December 15 2009] - An article on healthcare cooperatives by Hospital of Central Connecticut Chief of Medicine Michael Grey, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, will appear in the Dec. 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The commentary article, “Health Insurance Cooperatives: Lessons from the Great Depression,” traces the origins, implementation and successes of healthcare cooperatives, focusing primarily on federally sponsored initiatives during the Great Depression.

JAMA has included a number of articles over the past year relating to healthcare reform, says Grey, noting his differs by addressing an historical perspective on healthcare cooperatives, and advantages and disadvantages of the concept, introduced as part of the current agenda on healthcare reform by Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota.

“At is peak, the cooperatives begun by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) through the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided basic medical care to some 650,000 rural Americans in 39 states,” says Grey. “The agency also created statewide health insurance programs and healthcare clinics for migrant farm workers and experimented with different payment mechanisms as well, including capitation and salaried medical and nursing staff.”

This is Grey’s first article in JAMA. He is a recognized authority on the history of national health insurance reform in the U.S. and the arena of medicine and health care during the Great Depression and New Deal era. He has published widely in the areas of public health, medical education, and history of medicine, with a historical focus primarily on federally sponsored healthcare programs for disadvantaged (rural) communities.

In addition to New Deal Medicine, published in 1999 by John Hopkins University Press, Grey has published historical articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, and the Journal of the American Public Health Association. Funding for Grey’s historical research has included The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars and Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Programs, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Grey earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard College, his M.D. at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and his M.P.H. at the University of Washington. He is a clinical professor of medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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