Chapter

National Health Insurance

Anne Digby

in The Evolution of British General Practice, 1850–1948

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780198205135
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676512 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205135.003.0012
National Health Insurance

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This chapter discusses the creation of the national health insurance (NHI). It considers the economic conditions of medical practice in the preceding quarter of a century which help explain why general practitioners joined this new scheme in such (unexpectedly) large numbers. The economic and medical framework of the NHI provided powerful and growing pressure for increased uniformity. The detailed rules and regulations administered by national insurance commissioners resulted in a convergence in panel practice and, following from that, in general practice, because the majority of practices ultimately recruited a panel of patients.

Keywords: national health insurance; general practice; medical practice; medical standards

Chapter.  9126 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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