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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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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Mutualism and Health Care

Martin Gorsky

John Mohan

Tim Willis

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is about the history of the British hospital contributory schemes in the twentieth century. This volume provides a revised historiography of welfare, one that is no longer premised on a view of the ascent of state intervention as an unproblematic process of enlightenment and progress and that is increasingly concerned with welfare outside the state. It explores the development of acute in-patient care in relation to broader socioeconomic changes in Great Britain and in relation to changes in National Health Service (NHS) policy. This volume also attempts to relate the history of contributory schemes to a range of debates about the advantages and disadvantages of ways of organising and delivering welfare services.

Keywords:   hospital contributory schemes, Great Britain, acute in-patient care, socioeconomic changes, NHS, welfare services

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