Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9781847427830 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $80.00 ISBN: 9781847427823 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only

The Political Economy of Health Care, Second Edition

Where the NHS Came From and Where It Could Lead

Julian Tudor Hart

The Political Economy of Health Care, Second Edition
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Julian Tudor Hart

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

336 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2010
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9781847427830 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $80.00 ISBN: 9781847427823 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only
With a foreword by Tony Benn.Drawing on clinical experience dating from the birth of the NHS in 1948, Julian Tudor Hart, a politically active GP in a Welsh coal mining community, charts the progress of the NHS from its 19th century origins in workers' mutual aid societies, to its current forced return to the market. His starting point is a detailed analysis of how clinical decisions are made. He explores the changing social relationships in the NHS as a gift economy, how these may be affected by reducing care to commodity status, and the new directions they might take if the NHS resumed progress independently from the market.This new edition of this bestselling book has been entirely rewritten with two new chapters, and includes new material on resistance to that world-wide process. The essential principle in the book is that patients need to develop as active citizens and co-producers of health gain in a humanising society and the author's aim is to promote it wherever people recognise that pursuit of profit may be a brake on rational progress.
Contents
Abbreviations and acronyms
Foreword
      Tony Benn
Preface to the second edition

1. The NHS as wealth production
2. What does it produce?
3. How does it produce?
4. Generalists and specialists
5. Ownership
6. Justice and Solidarity
7. A space in which to learn

Notes and references
Index of names
Index of subjects
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