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The political economy of health careWhere the NHS came from and where it could lead$
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Julian Tudor Hart

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427830

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427830.001.0001

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The NHS as wealth production

The NHS as wealth production

(p.1) One The NHS as wealth production
The political economy of health care

Julian Tudor Hart

Policy Press

All health care systems claim to produce something. So, one way of looking at them is as production systems, with measurable inputs, outputs, and social relationships within their processes, so that different ways of organising them can be compared. This chapter traces the development of the British NHS's unprecedented economy. It is this experience of roughly three decades of relatively efficient, non-commercial health care for every citizen as a human right, funded from progressive taxation, an ongoing plan to meet human needs, which provides the initial basis for the theory of political economy presented in this book.

Keywords:   production system, British NHS, non-commercial health care, human right, political economy, social relationships

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