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Written by leading academics in their field this book provides a clear and considered overview of the politics of health care in Britain. Bringing together a wide range of material on both past events and recent developments, the chapters cover issues such as the politics of health professionalism, clinical knowledge, and organization and management.
Chapter 1: The Politics of Healthcare Resources and Rationing
The Politics of Healthcare Resources and Rationing
The phrase ‘out of pocket payment’ denotes the manner in which we purchase most goods and services in developed economies. We may literally take cash from our pockets, write cheques on our bank accounts, or employ debit or credit cards. Even if we are using credit cards, the end result is the same; we pay personally from our own resources, now or in the future. There is no necessary reason why health and medical care cannot be purchased ...