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Mutualism and health care: hospital contributory schemes in twentieth-century Britain

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Mutualism and health care presents the first comprehensive account of a major innovation in hospital funding before the NHS. The voluntary hospitals, which provided the bulk of Britain’s acute hospital services, diversified their financial base by establishing hospital contributory schemes. Through these, working people subscribed small, regular amounts to their local hospitals, in return for which they were eligible for free hospital care.
Mutualism and health care evaluates the extent to which the schemes were successful in achieving comprehensive coverage of the population, funding hospital services, and broadening opportunities for participation in the governance of health care and for the expression of consumer views. The book then explores why the option of funding the post-war NHS through mass contribution was rejected, and traces the transformation of the surviving schemes into health cash plans.
This is a substantial investigation into the attractions and limitations of mutualism in health care. It is highly relevant to debates about organisational innovations in the delivery of welfare services

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Gorsky, Martin, Mohan, John and Willis, Tim (2006) Mutualism and health care: hospital contributory schemes in twentieth-century Britain, Manchester, UK, Manchester University Press, 260pp.

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Published date: July 2006

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Local EPrints ID: 34905
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/34905
ISBN: 071906578X
PURE UUID: 4e8823e4-2404-4416-9d5c-8d69482cc04d

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Date deposited: 15 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:49

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Author: Martin Gorsky
Author: John Mohan
Author: Tim Willis

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