Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
John R. Mannix
Inducted in 1989
Mannix, recognizing the need for prepayment of hospital services, went on to found two Blue Cross plans. In 1944, Mannix was quoted as saying, “Unless steps are taken to make hospitals and medical care available to all Americans, all aspects of voluntary healthcare will ultimately be replaced by compulsory government plans.” Mannix is credited with developing the concept where hospital-care costs would be divided by everyone, regardless of whether they were hospitalized, which became the core of the Blue Cross programs. Before the days of Social Security, Mannix created an insurance program where employers would deduct money from workers' paychecks to help pay healthcare costs, a radical idea at the time. He also went on to become of the charter members of the American College of Hospital Administrators, the forerunner to today's American College of Healthcare Executives.