• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The Health Care Policy Process enables the reader to develop a clear understanding of the scope and objectives of health policy studies, to analyze the extent to which policies can be changed or influenced by those involved at the different stages of the policy process, and to assess both the need and the scope for change. The author considers the relationship between planning and policy, looks at key concepts in analyzing health care issues, and examines some of the debates overshadowing today's health policy agenda.

Ill-Health and Deprivation

Within much of the literature on policies in the fields of health and more broadly of social welfare, there is agreement that special attention must in some way be given to the status and needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society. However the nature of this concern, and the range of views as to what should be done, span a wide spectrum of political views, and a wide spectrum of views about the nature of health and of disadvantage. It is generally agreed that those who are worst off in any society are likely to be least healthy; the same people may have few means of getting help, and their ill-health may leave them less able to help themselves.

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