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.

A Patient-Led Health Service? Choice, Equity and the Supplier Market

A patient-led health service? Choice, equity and the supplier market

Chapter Contents

  • Background: a framework for healthcare reform
  • Commissioning and the expanding role of the ‘supplier’ market
  • ‘Empowering’ the service-user?: the ‘choice agenda’ and the ‘demand-side’ reforms within the NHS
  • Issues of equity in access and treatment
  • Summary

Background: A Framework for Healthcare Reform

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