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The appropriate limits placed upon what people can expect from health care

Heldman, Jan-Kees (2016) The appropriate limits placed upon what people can expect from health care. LSE Health and Social Care (06 Jan 2016). Website.

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In ‘Speaking Truth to Power’, the American political scientist Aaron Wildavsky argued that the ‘pathology’ of healthcare policy is that the past successes of medicine are likely to lead to future failures in healthcare policy. For, as life expectancy increases, only partly as the result of medicine, a nation’s healthcare system is faced with an older population whose ailments are more difficult to treat, sending the costs of treatment ever higher while each improvement in health and medicine becomes more expensive than the last. It is the ‘doing better – feeling worse’ syndrome which, in the end, Wildavsky argued, will also undermine solidarity, since: ‘the rich don’t like waiting, the poor don’t like high prices, and those in the middle tend to complain about both.’

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2016 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 11:41
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2021 23:36

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