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The creation of the NHS and its relevance for today

Ian Greener

in Healthcare in the UK

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781861346094
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302490 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346094.003.0009
The creation of the NHS and its relevance for today

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This chapter examines the creation of the NHS and its relevance for health policy making today. It suggests that three key organisational features are central to understanding the NHS when it was created in 1948 and that three key principles were embedded in its organisational form. It outlines the process through which the three organisational features and principles emerged explains that key organisational features of the NHS which was tripartism, the double-bed relationship between the state and the medical profession and the general taxation funding mechanism chosen for the NHS.

Keywords: NHS; health policy; organisational features; organisational; tripartism; double-bed relationship; general taxation

Chapter.  10085 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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