Consuming Health: The Commodification of Health Care / Edition 1

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Overview

In our post-welfare society, health is increasingly viewed as a commodity and individuals are defined as 'health care consumers'. At the same time, the notion that the state should care for the health of its citizens is being replaced by an expectation that citizens should play a more active role in caring for themselves. These developments are by no means uncontentious.
Consuming Health explores the diverse meanings and applications of the term 'consumer' in the field of health care and the implications for policy-making, health care delivery and experiences of health care. Contributors are well-known innovative researchers and lecturers from the Australia, the UK and Canada. Between them they cover a wide range of topics - from the medicalisation of the menopause to the participation of consumer groups in the national policy process - to create an original and thought-provoking text for students and practitioners in the field of health care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415259484
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction: consumerism in health care 1
Pt. I Consumerism in context: theoretical perspectives and policies 11
1 What's wrong with medical consumerism? 13
2 Fabricating 'health consumers' in health care politics 31
3 Health consumer groups and the national policy process 48
4 From pastoral welfare state to consumer emancipation: the case of Nordic alcohol control 66
5 Mental health consumers or citizens with mental health problems? 88
Pt. II Consumerism in practice: manifestations and experiences 103
6 Consumerism in the hospital context 105
7 Consumerism and mental health care in a culturally diverse society 121
8 The active citizen works hard: living with chronic heart failure 140
9 The commodification of health in sexually transmitted infections (STI) clinics 155
10 Young people, drug use and the consumption of health 173
11 Consuming men's health: risk, ritual and ambivalence in men's lifestyle magazines 187
Index 204
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