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The National Health Service at a critical moment: when Brexit means hectic

Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919 (2017) The National Health Service at a critical moment: when Brexit means hectic. Journal of Social Policy, 46 (4). pp. 783-795. ISSN 0047-2794

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047279417000344


Leaving the European Union (so-called ‘Brexit’) is a ‘critical moment’ for health policy reform which can pave the way to different pathways, including, a ‘critical juncture’. Given that Brexit cannot be undone without a second referendum it opens up opportunities to elude European constraints for reform along the lines of equity, employment rights and patient choice. Brexit deepens the financial crisis of the National Health Service (NHS) by increasing hiring costs, imposing new transaction costs to accommodate patient cross-border mobility and international public health needs. Given the weak sustainability of the NHS, it could open an opportunity for major system reform.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: European Institute
Social Policy
LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 13:50
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:32

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