Health and the Health Services

  • Pat Young
Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series (MMSS)


In this society, there is a tendency to see health as very much an individual issue. This leads to an emphasis on the biological causes of ill-health, together with the recent stress on personal factors such as smoking and weight. Improvements in health are seen as resulting from interventions by doctors at the level of the individual, or changes in personal life-style. This chapter looks at health and health care from a different point of view, focusing on social, political, economic and environmental aspects of health. It will become apparent that health is not a purely personal matter, but an area of considerable national and social concern.


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  1. 2.
    Colin Thunhurst, It Makes You Sick/The Politics of the NHS (London: Pluto Press, 1982) p. 3.Google Scholar
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    Christopher Ham, Health Policy in Britain (London: Macmillan, 1982). p. 35.Google Scholar

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