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Mutualism and Health CareHospital Contributory Schemes in Twentieth-century Britain$
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Martin Gorsky, John Mohan, and Tim Willis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719065781

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719065781.001.0001

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Hospital contribution and civil society: humanity not democracy?

Hospital contribution and civil society: humanity not democracy?

(p.92) Chapter 5 Hospital contribution and civil society: humanity not democracy?
Mutualism and Health Care

Martin Gorsky

John Mohan

Tim Willis

Manchester University Press

This chapter investigates the role of hospital contributory schemes as mediators of popular participation in health provision in Great Britain. It presents empirical evidence on the scope for grassroots or local involvement in decision-making and explores the structures and procedures of representation. It examines how active contributors were in the movement, in terms both of attendances in democratic forums and of the nature of the leadership which the movement selected to represent it. The analysis reveals that contributory schemes took their role as bastions of worker democracy very seriously.

Keywords:   hospital contributory schemes, popular participation, health provision, Great Britain, local involvement, decision-making, democratic forums, worker democracy

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