The emergence of hospital contributory schemes

Martin Gorsky, John Mohan and Tim Willis

in Mutualism and Health Care

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780719065781
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701423 | DOI:
The emergence of hospital contributory schemes

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This chapter traces the history of medical charity and the emergence of hospital contributory schemes in Great Britain. The idea of a British hospital system funded by its users is one which began to emerge only in the late nineteenth century. There were two main channels for popular contribution. These were the organised collections of the Hospital Saturday and Hospital Sunday funds and the local subscriptions taken in the work-place, firm and community. This chapter considers the funding crisis which followed War World 1 and describes the evolution of mass contribution into a financial mainstay of the hospital system.

Keywords: medical charity; hospital contributory schemes; Great Britain; hospital system; local subscriptions; mass contribution; Hospital Saturday funds; Hospital Sunday funds

Chapter.  11721 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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