This book provides a critical assessment of developments in health and healthcare policy. Primarily focusing on the UK, the chapters cover issues such as the policy-making process; the development of the NHS; health care governance; health promotion; and the comparative analysis of health care systems within the EU and US. Each chapter brings together social and political themes to offers a unique combination of theory, historical detail, and wider social commentary.

The System of Healthcare Funding in the UK

The system of healthcare funding in the uk

Chapter Contents

  • Introduction
  • Funding the post-war NHS
  • The financial impact of the purchaser-provider split in the NHS
  • The role of private finance in the NHS
  • Summary


The organisational transformation of the NHS has occurred against the backdrop of an increasing demand for health services arising from demographic shifts in the population and higher public expectations. Since ...

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