It’s a matter of timeline…

Even as federal health care reform is inching forward, and change of some sort seems perched on the horizon, there’s still plenty of opportunity to grasp the full context of its place in history.

The New England Journal of Medicine has an interactive timeline online that allows us to do just that — with ease, and without a lot of online searching. The timeline starts with 1912 and the involvement of Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party, and brings the health care reform movement all the way up to the present legislative process.

It’s a clean, inviting informational graphic that depicts dozens of factors and events that helped shape the system of health care delivery in the United States. A simple rollover of the mouse gives greater detail to the events on the timeline — and as a bonus, cites New England Journal of Medicine articles on the events as far back as 1916. We recommend it.

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