The NHS as wealth production

Julian Tudor Hart

in The political economy of health care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427830
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303930 | DOI:
The NHS as wealth production

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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

Chapter.  3706 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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