Mutualism and Health Care

Mutualism and Health Care

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Mutualism and health care presents the first comprehensive account of a major innovation in hospital funding before the NHS. The voluntary hospitals, which provided the bulk of BritainOCOs acute hospital services, diversified their financial base by establishing hospital contributory schemes. Through these, working people subscribed small, regular amounts to their local hospitals, in return for which they were eligible for free hospital care. Mutualism and health care evaluates the extent to which the schemes were successful in achieving comprehensive coverage of the population, funding hospital services, and broadening opportunities for participation in the governance of health care and for the expression of consumer views. The book then explores why the option of funding the post-war NHS through mass contribution was rejected, and traces the transformation of the surviving schemes into health cash plans. This is a substantial investigation into the attractions and limitations of mutualism in health care. It is highly relevant to debates about organisational innovations in the delivery of welfare services.qBritish Hospital Contributory Schemes in the Twentieth Century Martin Gorsky ... University of Portsmouth, and he gratefully acknowledges institutional support and specifically assistance with typing and ... Our greatest debt is to officials of surviving contributory schemes (or health cash plansa#39; as they are generally known today) who have facilitated access to the ... Contributory Schemes Association; Bill Gaywood, of Medicash, Liverpool (formerly the Merseyside Hospitals Council); Desanbsp;...

Title:Mutualism and Health Care
Author:Martin Gorsky
Publisher:Manchester University Press - 2006


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