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.

Myths Ancient and Modern

Myths ancient and modern

Man must survive his dream which myth has both shaped and controlled. Society must cope with the irrational desires of its members.

Ivan Illich, Limits to MedicineMedical Nemesis: the Expropriation of Health (1975)

For most people, most of the time, health services are not important. However, the existence of a National Health Service, available free to any one who needs it, is of great importance. The NHS has been a symbol that the government cares for the welfare of its citizens – in spite of the harsh realities of unemployment and the financial struggles that many people face. It is the only service where, as citizens, we undertake to share according to need. In 1945 Winston Churchill promised Britain ...

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