British Health and Welfare Policy Essay by JULESinManchester

British Health and Welfare Policy
A discussion on how health and welfare policies are influenced by political agendas in Britain.
# 45453 | 2,502 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2003 | GB
Published on Nov 05, 2003 in History (British) , Political Science (Political Theory) , Sociology (Welfare)

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This paper analyzes how Britain is considered to be a liberal-democracy, whereby individuals select to vote for a candidate whose beliefs and values reflect their own and who is expected to lead the government forward and to develop policy in accordance with the values set out in their manifesto and in the interests of the public. It examines a selection of health and welfare policies that appear to have political motivations such as the 1906 Education Act and the 1948 NHS Act in order to establish the extent to which politics influences policy.

From the Paper:

"In post-war Britain health care was diverse. It was supplied on a private basis to those who could afford to pay for it and by voluntary organizations for those who couldn't. There was private insurance, state insurance (for workers) and free care for those with no insurance. There was a wide variety in the quality of care received. The same could be said for the knowledge of the doctors. Their geographical distribution posed further problems due to the fact that most doctors worked in affluent areas as there was money to be made there however, it was in the poor areas that they were needed most. Hospitals were forced to borrow money from the state, as there was an increased demand for their services following the war. As a result, the hospitals were facing the threat of closure."

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