Making an original contribution to debates on health policy, this accessible and engaging book critically examines the future of health care and public health policy from the perspective of users and citizens. Consumerism, partnerships with patients and user involvement are seen as key to future health care and healthy public policies. The book outlines how individuals as patients, healthy people and research subjects relate to health services and how the public, as citizens, influence health care and public policies at local, national and international levels.

Healthy People

Healthy people

Health is an episode between two illnesses.

Dr Ted Kaptchuk (1986)

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of diseases or infirmity.

World Health Organization (WHO), Constitution (1948)

Many things affect our health – where we live, where we work, how we live, the food we eat, the air we breathe, our genetic inheritance, the germs we come into contact with. Most of us are going to live with disease and disability for large sections of our lives, and so awareness of our health and what we should do to keep healthy preoccupies us more and more. In the nineteenth century social reformers and sanitarians successfully reduced deaths by improving housing and working conditions and by providing ...

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