Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Anne Ramsay Somers
Inducted in 1992
In the late 1940s, Herman Miles “Red” Somers asked his wife to write a chapter on what was then called workmen's compensation—not workers' compensation—for a book he was writing on Social Security. Anne Ramsay Somers didn't write just one chapter. Instead, she wound up researching and writing an entire book that was published in 1954. But that was just the beginning. Some seven years later she went on to publish what many consider a landmark book titled Doctors, Patients and Healthcare Insurance: The Organization and Financing of Medical Care. The book examined alternative models of healthcare delivery in the world and to use the information as a way of determining physician fees and universal, government-run healthcare programs. Anne Ramsay Somers went on to become an adviser to HHS on Medicare reimbursement and then an adjunct professor of environmental and community medicine at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.