The health cash plans and the new mutualism in health care

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 health cash plans and the new mutualism in health care

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This chapter examines the role of hospital contributory schemes in the British welfare state after 1948. It evaluates the extent to which the schemes have retained their distinctive orientation and social purpose since 1948 and analyses the impact of social and economic change on the schemes. This chapter shows that after 1948 some schemes found a new role as providers of health cash plans or low-cost insurance products dealing with services either not easily available on the NHS or with issues where NHS services were perceived to offer little consumer choice.

Keywords: hospital contributory schemes; welfare state; social purpose; health cash plans; low-cost insurance

Chapter.  8585 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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