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Health Care Hall of Fame

Harold W. Hinderer
Inducted in 1991

Harold W. Hinderer
1928-1981
Inducted in 1991


Hinderer accomplished a lot in a mere 53 years on this earth.

He played a key role in developing the St. Louis-based Daughters of Charity National Health System, which once was the nation’s largest not-for-profit health system. In the early 1960s before the national minimum wage was instituted in 1966, Hinderer instructed the system to introduce a minimum wage in its hospitals.

In 1965, he also worked as an adviser to the Social Security Administration and devised a plan of using the ratio of charges to charges applied to cost that Medicare employed to calculate its share of costs. He would later play a key role in defining and implementing Medicare rules when he served as part of the government’s Provider Reimbursement Review Board.

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