Going Private: Changing Expectations about Health Care?

Going Private: Changing Expectations about Health Care?

by Michael W. Calnan, Jonathan Gabe, Sarah Cant
     
 

Private Health insurance is currently at its highest level in Britain since the introduction of the National Health Service. Approximately one in seven of the population has some form of health cover. It is often claimed that the growth in private health insurance is due to the 'underfunding' of the NHS. This important book sheds new light on this controversial issue… See more details below

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Private Health insurance is currently at its highest level in Britain since the introduction of the National Health Service. Approximately one in seven of the population has some form of health cover. It is often claimed that the growth in private health insurance is due to the 'underfunding' of the NHS. This important book sheds new light on this controversial issue and examines the reasons why people take out private health insurance when the National Health Service is available. Drawing on empirical evidence from a unique study carried out in the affluent South East of England, the authors address a number of neglected questions such as when and why do subscribers make use of their subscriptions, and what do they think of private health care compared to the care received from the NHS? Using in-depth interviews with those who hold private health policies and those who do not, the authors go on to examine the claim that private health insurance automatically leads to a greater 'choice' of health care. The book concludes with a chapter on the resulting sociological and policy implications particularly in the light of recent NHS reforms. As privatization remains high on the health policy agenda, this book makes a timely contribution to the on-going debate. Written in a clear accessible style, Going Private will appeal to health researchers and policymakers alike.

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Sociologists report on a study of why people in Britain take out private health insurance when the National Health Service is available to them. The findings, based on in-depth interviews with people who do and people who don't, challenges some of the conventional answers, such as quality and choice. The implications for policy making are also discussed. CIP shows a different subtitle. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335099801
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Series:
State of Health Series
Pages:
113
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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