Health, welfare, and the state — the dangers of forgetting history
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Szreter, S. R., Kinmonth, A., Kriznik, N. M., & Kelly, M. (2017). Health, welfare, and the state — the dangers of forgetting history. Lancet, 388 (10061), 2734-2735. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32429-1
Recent public policy in the UK has been dominated by a discourse which asserts that public expenditure on universal health coverage and welfare is a burden on the productive economy and unaffordable in what has been deemed a time of austerity. There is a widely held assumption that universal welfare provision, as offered by most modern welfare states, is a luxury, only afforded since World War 2 by wealthier economies. According to this view, if the productive efficiency of the economy falters, then this luxury should be trimmed back aggressively.
England, Government Programs, History, 17th Century, History, 18th Century, History, 19th Century, History, 20th Century, Humans, Political Systems, Public Health, Social Welfare
The paper arose from discussions in the St John’s College Reading Group on Health Inequalities in Cambridge (http://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/st-john’s-reading-group-health-inequalities), which was supported by the Annual Fund of the College.
Wellcome Trust (097899/Z/11/Z)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)32429-1
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/260313
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