Contracting for Health: Quasi-Markets and the National Health Service

Hardcover | March 1, 1997

EditorRob Flynn, Gareth Williams

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Sweeping changes have taken place in many parts of the world in the provision and organisation of health care, welfare and other 'public' services. The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has been a prime example of this. This multi-disciplinary collection of essays reviews recent evidence from a major research programme, commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC), into the evolution and impact of contracting in the NHS. Each chapter examines a particular aspect of health and social care,including competition between hospitals and the effects of GP fundholding, and discusses the important theoretical implication of experience in the NHS quasi-market. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary debate surrounding the issues.

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Sweeping changes have taken place in many parts of the world in the provision and organisation of health care, welfare and other 'public' services. The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has been a prime example of this. This multi-disciplinary collection of essays reviews recent evidence from a major research programme, commissioned...

Robert Flynn is at University of Salford. Gareth Williams is at University of Salford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:190 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:March 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Contracting for Health 2. The Impact of Competition on the Behaviour of National Health Services Trusts 3. Contractual Changes in Schools and General Practices: Professional Resistance and the Role of Absorption and Absorbing Groups 4. Quasi-Markets and Quasi-Trusts: The Social Construction of Contracts for Community Health Services 5. Statements of Mutual Faith: Soft Contracts in Social Care 6. Contracting in the National Health Service: Legal and Economic Issues 7. Settling Contract Disputes in the National Health Service: Formal and Informal Pathways 8. Rhetoric and Reality in Contracting: Research in and on the National Health Service 9. The Experience of Contracting in Health Care 10. Health-Care Contracting and Social Science: Issues in Theory and Practice

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`This multidisciplinary volume reviews recent evidence from a major research programme into the evolution and impact of contracting in the UK National Health Service.'International Social Security Review, Vol. 51 1/98