Mass contribution and hospital finance in inter-war Britain

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:
Mass contribution and hospital finance in inter-war Britain

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This chapter explores the development of hospital contributory schemes in Great Britain during the interwar period and evaluates their overall impact on hospital finances. It discusses the growth of membership and of income, and the developing pattern of benefits paid and other expenditure. It outlines the heterogeneous nature of the schemes, which include single-hospital schemes as well as multi-institutional or city-wide funds. This chapter also examines the extent to which the schemes enabled hospitals to treat more patients and stimulated demand for hospital services and highlights the contribution of schemes in enhancing the financial position of the hospitals.

Keywords: hospital contributory schemes; Great Britain; interwar period; hospital finance; single-hospital schemes; city-wide schemes; hospital services

Chapter.  12760 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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