Health Care Reform and Globalisation
The US, China and Europe in Comparative Perspective
Edited by Peggy Watson
Published August 13th 2012 by Routledge – 218 pages
In the post-Cold War, post financial crisis era, health care is an issue of critical political, personal and economic concern. In the US, plans to address a troubled health care model were met by vocal opposition. In the UK and post-communist Europe, attempts to introduce aspects of that model have resulted in controversy and violent protests, while China and Russia have recently backpedalled on marketising reforms. This innovative book provides a timely analysis addressing the many dimensions of radical health care change.
Bringing together three major geopolitical regions with strikingly different recent histories, this international cast of contributors, examines reform in US, China and Europe within a single study frame. They look at the processes that have been involved when countries with such diverse starting points try to move towards a globally shared health care framework. An underlying theme running through the chapters is access to care, and how it is shaped by moral economies, by what can be said and known, and by political and economic power.
Health Care Reform and Globalisation confronts the interpretations and experiences of patients, professionals, and politicians of health care transformation in practice. It will be of interest to scholars from a range of diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including public health, anthropology, area studies, sociology, politics, social policy, geography and economics.
'Compelling and thought-provoking' - Significance
'An excellent collection of rigorous and thought-provoking papers written by some of the leading experts and presented in a highly accessible format. It will be of interest to scholars and practitioners in many fields, including public health.’ – Critical Public Health
‘This is a valuable and well-chosen collection of articles which illustrates the global nature of developments in health care.’ – London Progressive Journal
Introduction Peggy Watson Chapter 1. Producing Public Opinion: How the Insurance Industry Shaped US Health Care Wendell Potter Chapter 2. The Break-up of the NHS: Implications for Information Systems Allyson Pollock and David Price Chapter 3. Rethinking Problems Surrounding Access to Care: The Moral Economies Shaping Health Care Work Forces in Russia and the U.S. Michele Rivkin-Fish Chapter 4: Human Oriented? Angels And Monsters in China’s Healthcare Reform Mei Zhan Chapter 5: We Are All In This Together - European Policies And Health Systems Change Meri Koivusalo Chapter 6: Catastrophic Citizenship and Discourses of Disguise: Aspects of Health Care Change in Poland Peggy Watson Chapter 7: The Making of Health Care Policy in Contemporary Hungary Terry Cox and Sandor Gallai Chapter 8: Community Health Services in Urban China: A Geographical Case Study of Access to Care Yu Wang, Tanghong Jia, Jinghui Zhang, Yunli Zhang, Wen Li and Robert Haining Chapter 9: ‘Health Care and Change’: Popular Protest and Building Alternative Visions of Health Systems at the End of Empire Howard Waitzkin and Rebeca Jasso-Aguilar
Peggy Watson is at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Homerton College, Cambridge, UK.