February 4, 2013

Permanente under fire: labor history column in Hank

Contributed by Lincoln Cushing, Archivist and Historian

Lincoln Cushing, Heritage writer


Organized labor played a big role in Kaiser Permanente history, and Heritage writer Lincoln Cushing contributes a column to the quarterly

Labor Management Partnership magazine Hank about that rich legacy.

The Winter 2013 story is about the Health Plan's postwar struggle for survival, and the crucial support it got from labor.

"In the boom years after World War II, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP) faced an uphill battle. It had expanded to the public in 1945, but the wartime truce between fee-for-service (medicine) and the prepaid, group practice model developed by Dr. Sidney Garfield had faded.

The gloves came off in 1953."