‘Where the shoe pinches’: reorientation under the National Health Service

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:
‘Where the shoe pinches’: reorientation under the National Health Service

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This chapter considers the response of the hospital contributory schemes to the establishment of the National Health Service (NHS) in Great Britain. It describes the attitudes of the schemes towards the 1946–48 debates when they had to decide whether or not to continue in existence. This chapter traces the success of the surviving schemes to develop a market niche and discusses these developments in relation to socioeconomic changes in post-war Britain and to the evolution of policy towards the NHS.

Keywords: hospital contributory schemes; NHS; Great Britain; market niche; socio-economic changes; post-war Britain

Chapter.  10254 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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