Welfare state and welfare society

John Hills

in Welfare and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342997
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304203 | DOI:
Welfare state and welfare society

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This chapter provides Titmuss's lecture originally delivered to the British National Conference on Social Welfare in 1967. It contains a scathing account of the ‘aid’ given by poor countries to rich ones, such as the United States, which recruit skilled medical professionals trained at great cost. It observes that this lecture attacks the idea that welfare services like the NHS or state education should be seen simply as a drain on the economy, with the cost an impediment to growth, in what Titmuss describes as the ‘public burden model of welfare’. It suggests that health services, education, pensions, and benefits for children have wider functions than simple redistribution, and can be an efficient way of meeting private as well as social aims. It also suggests that the arguments around the ‘sharp elbows of the middle classes’ in defence of services from which they benefit is political.

Keywords: welfare society; aid; poor countries; United States; medical professionals; NHS; state education; economy

Chapter.  4757 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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