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Health policy and the politics of the NHS: an overview

Thischapteraimstodefinesomeofthekeytermsusedinthis book.Itgoesontoexamineanumberofalternativetheoretical modelsforprovidinghealthservices.Therethenfollowsageneral accountofthecharacteristicsoftheNHSfrom1948to1990, whichhasbeenreferredtoasa'commandandcontrol'economy. ThepoliciesofhealthcarewithintheNHSarethendescribed. Thechapterconcludeswithasummaryofthesocialandeconomic changeswhichformabackgroundtopolicyshiftswithintheNHS.

Keyconceptsandmodelsofhealthcareintervention