Promoting Worker Health

A New Approach to Employee Benefits in the Twenty-First Century

By Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., Stephen P. Carter

34 pp., 6 x 9

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5096-8
    Published: June 2018
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5097-5
    Published: June 2018

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In this extended essay, Nortin M. Hadler and Stephen P. Carter introduce a new approach to reforming the American health-care system--a plan they call the Universal Workers' Compensation Model (UWCM). Drawing on Hadler's expertise as a physician and Carter's as an attorney, the two have conceived the UWCM as a state-level alternative that would supersede current solutions debated at the national level. They begin by summarizing the history and present complexity and irrationality of America's health-insurance system. They then lay out the key concepts underlying the UWCM regime and the practical policy steps necessary to enact it. At the heart of the UWCM is a broader understanding of what constitutes worker's health, one grounded in scientific research and cognizant of the wide range of physical and mental illnesses that can afflict workers. The UWCM stipulates a single policy providing rational and reasoned recourse for universal risks: illness, injury, disability, and death.

Presenting their ideas with precision in this 34-page pamphlet, Hadler and Carter intend to spark discussion among health-care providers, insurers, legislators, and everyday citizens about how we might move beyond the limits of the current debate toward new, truly effective solutions.

About the Authors

Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., M.A.C.P., M.A.C.R., F.A.C.O.E.M., is professor emeritus of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals. He is author of several books, including Stabbed in the Back: Confronting Back Pain in an Overtreated Society and Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society.
For more information about Nortin M. Hadler, M.D., visit the Author Page.

Stephen P. Carter is an attorney in Arkansas.
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"The authors offer an alternative approach [to insurance programs], the Universal Workers' Compensation Model (UWCM), which is both appealing and potentially revolutionary if successfully adopted. . . . I believe its altruistic, ethical, and logical premise is what is needed."--Ron Z. Goetzel, PhD, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine