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.

Global Citizens

Global citizens

Health for all will be achieved by people themselves.

World Health Organization, Alma Ata Declaration (1977)

The earth is one, but the world is not.

Brundtland Report (1987)

More and more our lives are affected by what happens overseas. We share the same planet and, increasingly, the same marketplace with citizens of other countries. National governments can no longer act by themselves to tackle the new threats to public health. For example, a nuclear disaster in Chernobyl in the Ukraine caused by poor maintenance, has had long-term effects on farmers in Wales, Scotland and the North of England. Even the climate is changing because of global warming which may mean that infectious diseases that until now have only been found in tropical climates will move north. ...

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