A review of the evidence of third sector performance and Its relevance for a universal comprehensive health system


Heins, Elke, Price, David, Pollock, Allyson M., Miller, Emma, Mohan, John and Shaoul, Jean (2010) A review of the evidence of third sector performance and Its relevance for a universal comprehensive health system. Social Policy & Society , 9, (4), 515-526. (doi:10.1017/S1474746410000230).

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UK policy promotes third sector organisations as providers of NHS funded health and social care. We examine the evidence for this policy through a systematic literature review. Our results highlight several problems of studies comparing non-profits with other provider forms, questioning their usefulness for drawing lessons outside the place of study. Most studies deem contextual factors and the regulatory framework in which providers operate as much more important than ownership form. We conclude that the literature does not support the policy of a larger role for the third sector in healthcare, let alone a switch to a market-based system.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1647-1431 (print)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences
ePrint ID: 186551
Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 11:01
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:40
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/186551

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