Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
C. Rufus Rorem
Inducted in 1988
Without Rorem's foresight, the healthcare payment landscape might be completely different today.During the Hoover administration, when hospitals struggled because patients couldn't pay their medical bills, Rorem developed an idea as principal author of a report titled The Costs of Medical Care. The report offered a solution to payment problems where people could buy some sort of medical insurance. Radical at the time, Rorem's concept led to the development of Blue Cross and Blue Shield. While “saving for a rainy day” was what was preached at the time, Rorem knew that sickness was unpredictable. So his prepayment system was designed to help patients and doctors alike. In 1964, Rorem became a consultant to the Health and Hospital Planning Council of Southern New York, which was the country's first area-wide planning agency.