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By Roma Harris, Nadine Wathen, Sally Wyatt

This e-book discover assumptions underpinning modern well-being coverage discourses that emphasize own accountability for overall healthiness, contemplate how they connect to altering info applied sciences, and talk about their effect on rising varieties of future health ‘work’.

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For instance, even though the NHS, as introduced in 1948, included public health as well as hospital care and physician care under the umbrella of ‘public health care’, illness services receive most of the ‘political and media attention, professional lobbying, resource flows and public concern’ (Hunter, 2008, p. 2). As such, ‘public health’ remains a Cinderella. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-19 28 guaranteeing access to all the determinants of health (including clean water, pure air, safe and adequate food, employment, homes in safe and supportive communities), this notion of public health is de-emphasised in health policy, at least in the three countries discussed in this chapter.

Except in the US, most hospitals received state funding to provide care at little or no cost to patients. Instead of being the last resort for the very ill and impoverished, hospitals became the technologically superior (and costly) locations for treating serious trauma and illness. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-19 2 In Sickness and in Health universal health insurance and most physicians were paid by the state (or in the US, by managed care organisations (MCOs)).

Individual and collective responsibilities for health and health care Each of the countries discussed in this chapter has developed some form of public health care. The UK introduced health insurance for workers in 1911 and achieved a universal public programme with the introduction of the NHS in 1948. Canada introduced universal hospital care in 1957 and the physician care programme, Medicare, in 1966. The US achieved public insurance for the old and the needy in 1965, and, President Obama will expand coverage further.

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