The role of the public in health policy

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:
The role of the public in health policy

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This chapter examines the role of the public in the healthcare sector in Great Britain, particularly in the history of the NHS. It suggests that the public have moved from being clients of health professionals and rights-oriented citizens at the creation of the NHS to being consumers of healthcare and having both rights and responsibilities. It contends that the process by which doctors have come to treat patients as co-producers of care rather than as passive recipients of it has taken longer to come about, but there are signs of considerable improvement.

Keywords: public; healthcare; Great Britain; NHS; rights-oriented citizens; doctors; co-producers of care; health professionals; passive recipients

Chapter.  10149 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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