Health Policy Reform: Global Health Versus Private Profit

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Offering a coherent, developed critique of neoliberal health policies that have become the common denominator of “health reforms” on a global level, this work questions whether these major “reforms” are driven by the health needs of the wider population or, in fact, by nonhealth considerations such as financial and political concerns of governments and global institutions. It presents the key issues facing health professionals today and explores the barrage of policies that threaten to deny them the right to ...

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Overview

Offering a coherent, developed critique of neoliberal health policies that have become the common denominator of “health reforms” on a global level, this work questions whether these major “reforms” are driven by the health needs of the wider population or, in fact, by nonhealth considerations such as financial and political concerns of governments and global institutions. It presents the key issues facing health professionals today and explores the barrage of policies that threaten to deny them the right to deliver quality health care. The book’s use of a common analytical framework produces a consistent critical analysis of different situations in various countries, making its approach wholly unlike previous studies of the topic of modern healthcare. Providing an alternative to the prevailing orthodoxy that has captured the global health agenda since 1978, it offers hope and support campaigners, students, academics, medics, and administrators.

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“John Lister’s excellent book explains how worldwide disintegration of public healthcare services into competing commercial units has passed into law, and how organized professionals, carers and users are now starting to organize resistance. It is essential reading for all students and practitioners of health and social care who want to understand the context within which they are now being condemned to work, and start changing it.”  —Julian Tudor Hart, author, The Political Economy of Health Care: A Clinical Perspective, on the first edition.

“Now is a critical time for public health care and health systems across the world: bank bail outs and loan agreements are being used to front market-driven reforms in public services in what is rapidly becoming a race to the bottom. John Lister’s book gives us valuable insights into the forces arrayed against universal health care and how capitalism is consuming our basic rights and entitlements. It’s up to us to organize to take them back.” —Allyson Pollock, professor of public health research and policy, Queen Mary, University of London, on the first edition.

“John Lister’s latest book is also his most ambitious—the summation of half a lifetime’s research and teaching on health and health policy by a committed scholar–activist. He pulls no punches and ideologues of the market will hate it. But they will have to raise their game if they want to criticize it in terms of evidence and logic. Lister’s knowledge of the literature, lucid reasoning and clean prose are a class act. A major achievement which everyone interested in health needs to read.” —Colin Leys, emeritus professor of political studies, Queen’s University, Canada, on the first edition.

“John Lister’s book is a must-read for anyone passionate about universal health care [who wants] to understand its greatest obstacle and where we must focus our fight.” —Anna Marriott, health policy advisor, Oxfam GB, on the first edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907471780
  • Publisher: Libri Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John Lister has been a prominent and outspoken health campaigner as the information director of London Health Emergency for more than 25 years. He is also a senior lecturer in health journalism at Coventry University and the author of Europe’s Health for Sale: The Heavy Cost of Privatisation, Health Policy Reform: Driving the Wrong Way?, and The NHS After 60: For Patients or Profits?

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