Justice and solidarity

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:
Justice and solidarity

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The internal equivalence of humans provides the foundation for medical science, and social inclusiveness is the foundation for effective care systems. Solidarity created state care systems, and their shortcomings are largely attributable to a lack of it. Consumerism stands opposed to this, with every man for each other as its philosophy. Public belief in solidarity, at least for health care in the UK, has so far generally withstood almost three decades of sustained assault from those with the power to form public opinion. Assumptions that solidarity is natural to the declining industrial working class but not to the rising middle class are illusory. Neither justice nor solidarity were ever natural, they had to be built through experience and struggle by those with most to gain from them and least to lose. Most of the so-called middle class appeared to be the working class in new conditions.

Keywords: social inclusiveness; medical science; state care systems; consumerism; health care; UK; middle class

Chapter.  8161 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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