The ‘impending cataclysm’: the state and hospital contribution, 1941–46

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 ‘impending cataclysm’: the state and hospital contribution, 1941–46

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This chapter examines the development of the official policy towards the idea of voluntary contribution within the health service in Great Britain. It discusses the perception of the hospital contributory schemes from the perspective of those responsible for translating general plans for an extension of health care into practical proposals. It investigates at what point the elimination of the contributory schemes from the structure of the National Health Service (NHS) became inevitable. This chapter suggests that the final shape of the NHS was not the outcome of an unproblematic consensus but a product of negotiation between the interested parties.

Keywords: voluntary contribution; health service; Great Britain; hospital contributory schemes; NHS

Chapter.  11020 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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