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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.