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Essays on the Welfare State$
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Richard M. Titmuss

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447349518

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447349518.001.0001

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The National Health Service in England1

The National Health Service in England1

Some aspects of structure

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Essays on the Welfare State

Richard M. Titmuss

Policy Press

This chapter explains how it can argued that the larger the investment by any society in ‘individualism’, the more may ‘health consciousness’ spread. Similarly, the limits to what is personally conceived to be tolerable in feelings of bad health or inadequate function may also rise. And as society becomes more health conscious (in the sense of more individuals becoming aware of the higher standards expected of them) the more may each individual become dependent, or at least feel dependent, in an age of scientific medicine, on other individuals — and on resources external to themselves for the achievement of good health.

Keywords:   health consciousness, individualism, society, bad health, dependency, good health, scientific medicine

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