Accessing Healthcare: Responding to diversity

Hardcover | January 20, 2004

EditorJudith Healy, Martin Mckee

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Health care systems in developed countries must respond to increasingly diverse populations given greater population movements as a result of globalization. We all share a common humanity yet we each have different health care needs, depending on whether we are young or old, men or women,rich or poor, disabled or able-bodied, from different ethnic and indigenous groups, or citizens or asylum-seekers. Our membership of these societal groups shapes to some extent our health needs and our use of health services. But policy-makers and professionals often seem blind to this diversity.Some groups make special claims upon the state and have different expectations regarding health care. What are the barriers to people receiving equitable health care? Should mainstream services be made more responsive to the needs of different people, or is it necessary to set up alternative healthcare services? The chapters in this book discuss countries and population groups that illustrate different responses to claimant groups and different ways of delivering health services. For the first time this book brings draws together examples of how to deal with diversity from health systems across the industrialized world. It considers population groups within countries and takes a broad approach, studying inherent population diversity (age, sex), citizen issues (migrants,asylum seekers) and ethnic and indigenous groups (multiculturalism in the UK, Roma in Europe, New Zealand Maori, Australian Aborigines). It identifies barriers to accessing health care services by diverse populations and cultural groups within different countries and considers the advantages anddisadvantages of different delivery models for different population groups. This book provides an unparalleled breadth of perspectives from which to draw conclusions about how to meet the needs of societies characterised by diversity.

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Health care systems in developed countries must respond to increasingly diverse populations given greater population movements as a result of globalization. We all share a common humanity yet we each have different health care needs, depending on whether we are young or old, men or women,rich or poor, disabled or able-bodied, from dif...

Judith Healy is at Senior Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences and Visiting Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Martin McKee is at Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:398 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:January 20, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Solomon R. Benatar: ForewordJudith Healy and Martin McKee: Preface1. Judith Healy and Martin McKee: Different people, different services?2. Dorothy Broom and Lesley Doyal: Sex and gender in health care and health policy3. Christina R. Victor: Services for older people4. Ian Basnett: Meeting the needs of people with disabilities5. Margaret Whitehead and Barbara Hanratty: Health care for rich and poor alike6. John S. Humphreys and Jane Dixon: Access and equity in Australian rural health services7. Andrew Coyle and Vivien Stern: Captive populations: prison health care8. Reinhard Busse and Ellen Nolte: New citizens: East Germans in a united Germany9. Virginie Halley des Fontaines: Overseas citizens: citoyens de France10. Solvig Ekblad: Migrants: universal health services in Sweden11. Naaz Coker: Asylum seekers and refugees in the United Kingdom12. Rory Williams and Seeromanie Harding: Multicultural health care in Britain13. Martin Kovats: Roma health: problems and perception14. Robert Griew, Beverley Sibthorpe, Ian Anderson, Sandra Eades and Ted Wilkes: 'On our terms': the politics of Aboriginal health in Australia15. Sue Crengle, Peter Crampton and Alistair Woodward: Maori in Aotearoa/New Zealand16. Stephen J. Kunitz: The history and politics of health care for Native Americans17. Josee G. Lavoie: The value and challenges of separate services: First Nation in Canada18. Judith Healy and Martin McKee: Delivering Health services in diverse societies