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The political economy of health care (Second Edition) (Health & Society) [Kindle Edition]

Julian Tudor Hart
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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 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.


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"This is a remarkable book by a remarkable man. Anyone who professes to believe in patient centred care (including our most recent two governments) needs to read it to understand that to be patient focused you must also be public and population focused, challenging markets and tackling inequalities." --Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, MD, President, Royal College of Physicians

"This is a must-read for all who are interested in healthcare, and who are concerned to protect the fundamental values on which our healthcare system is based at the same time as maximising the potential of new developments." --Professor Dame June Clark, ex-President of the Royal College of Nursing, and member of the Wales Assembly Government Bevan Commission on the future of the NHS in Wales

"At a time when governments across the world seem ever more determined to expose health services to commercialisation and market forces, Julian Tudor Hart's analysis, insight and wisdom have never been more needed." --Dr Iona Heath, President, Royal College of General Practitioners

"Tudor Hart has been recognized around the world as one of the great scientists of community health. This book brings Tudor Hart's distinctive, passionate voice to bear on his personal journey through his 60 years of the NHS and carries his tempered optimism that we can all do better." --John J. Frey III MD, Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Head of Community Engagement, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

"Julian Tudor Hart's example was not only to imagine but also to deliver integrated care for all his patients over 25 years, using epidemiology to measure what he did and to show what could be achieved. For health care systems round the world, facing problems of fragmentation, spiralling costs and increasing inequity, the gauntlet he threw down is to develop similarly integrated systems for the societies they serve."
--Professor Graham C M Watt, Norie Miller Professor of General Practice General Practice and Primary Care, Centre for Population and Health Sciences College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences University of Glasgow

About the Author

Dr Julian Tudor Hart was born of medical parents in 1927. His teenage ambition was to become a general practitioner serving a coal mining community, and developing practical ideas for a future socialist society. After five years as a GP in North Kensington he was apprenticed to two famous epidemiologists, Richard Doll and Archie Cochrane. Returning to general practice in a South Wales valley community, he combined clinical work with epidemiological research supported by the Medical Research Council, and led by his wife Mary. He has published four previous books and many papers in peer-reviewed journals, visited many countries as a lecturer or visiting professor, and served as an elected member of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He is an Honorary Fellow of four Universities, a former president of the UK Socialist Health Association, and now president of the SHA in Wales.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1209 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Policy Press; Second Edition edition (1 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KX1L5H8
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much irrelevant personal politics creeps in 28 May 2012
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While it would be unrealistic to expect that any work dealing with socialised healthcare would be free of personal political bias, the author siezes too many opportunities to indulge himself in off-the-cuff remarks that have little to do with the subject matter. Without these distractions, which serve no purpose other than to raise the hackles of those who disagree, the book would have been that much more concise and persuasive.
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