This book makes the case for 'ordinary' people to get the health and social care which the state has promised them for over 60 years but which has not been delivered. What is the case for choice? How can choice be made real for the individual? What impact can genuine, individually financially-empowered choice have on effective funding, purchasing, delivery, and outcomes? How can a genuine market grow and thrive? How can the quest for choice include the large numbers of NHS and social care staff on whom success depends? The book urges individual financial empowerment, through a life-long health savings account for all NHS and social services.

chapter |19 pages

Introduction: sources for courses

chapter 1|30 pages

Vignettes and visions

chapter 2|4 pages

Why choice? Two concepts of order

chapter 3|7 pages

Language, and smuggled goods

chapter 8|12 pages

What are politicians for?

chapter 9|7 pages

Cancer and ‘the efficiency myth’

chapter 12|6 pages

Will ‘a new localism’ answer?

chapter 14|5 pages

The messages of the aesthetic environment

chapter 15|17 pages

Between the data and the deep blue sea

chapter 17|18 pages

Are you being personal, or what?

chapter 18|15 pages

To see the statue in the marble

chapter 19|9 pages

The picture in the frame

chapter 23|6 pages

Postscript: Dazzled by Darzi?