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Going private: Why people pay for their health care

Calnan, Michael .W., Cant, Sarah L., Gabe, Jonathan (1993) Going private: Why people pay for their health care. State of Health . Open University Press, Milton Keynes, 104 pp. ISBN 978-0-335-09980-1. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Private Health insurance is currently at its highest level in Britain since the introduction of the National Health Service. Approximately one in seven of the population has some form of health cover. It is often claimed that the growth in private health insurance is due to the 'underfunding' of the NHS. This important book sheds new light on this controversial issue and examines the reasons why people take out private health insurance when the National Health Service is available. Drawing on empirical evidence from a unique study carried out in the affluent South East of England, the authors address a number of neglected questions such as when and why do subscribers make use of their subscriptions, and what do they think of private health care compared to the care received from the NHS? Using in-depth interviews with those who hold private health policies and those who do not, the authors go on to examine the claim that private health insurance automatically leads to a greater 'choice' of health care. The book concludes with a chapter on the resulting sociological and policy implications particularly in the light of recent NHS reforms. As privatization remains high on the health policy agenda, this book makes a timely contribution to the on-going debate. Written in a clear accessible style, Going Private will appeal to health researchers and policymakers alike.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 02 May 2014 15:23 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 04:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/40955 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Calnan, Michael .W.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7239-6898
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