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The political economy of health care: Where the NHS came from and where it could lead

Julian Tudor Hart


Drawing on clinical experience dating from the birth of the NHS in 1948, the author, a politically active GP in a Welsh coal mining community, charts in this book the progress of the NHS from its nineteenth-century origins in workers' mutual aid societies, to its current forced return to the market. The book's starting point is a detailed analysis of how clinical decisions are made. It 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 indepen ... More

Keywords: political economy, health care, NHS, clinical decisions, social relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781847427830
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427830.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Tudor Hart, author