Economics of Health Care Systems

Series on Health
October 1963

Behind the planning of the National Health Service lay the proposition that everyone should be entitled to the services of a personal physician. For the first time a scheme of publicly provided medical care embodied this concept.

The general practitioner is responsible for all aspects of the medical care of his patients, treating them as people rather than as cases. His function is to co-ordinate his own services with those of others, calling upon them as he interprets his patients' needs.

Series on Health
June 1963

Rising hospital costs have caused concern to the public, Government, and Members of Parliament ever since the start of the National Health Service. They are at present taxing the minds of those responsible for administering the hospitals as they try to contain hospital expenditure within the limits of funds made available by the Government. Nevertheless the problems are not confined to Great Britain nor to the National Health Service because rapidly rising hospital costs have been general throughout the world since the end of the second World War.

May 1963

Britain is not unique in having a health service. Practically every European country has accepted the provision of medical care as a community responsibility. Amongst the sixteen countries in Western Europe, only the Finns have not yet introduced an extensive compulsory pre-payment scheme of some sort and they are to do so in 1964.

Series on Health
December 1962

In the early 1930's, 27,000 children died each year. By 1960, the number had fallen to 5,000. Over 380,000 people now alive would have died in childhood if the death rates of the early thirties had not improved. This study describes the recent achievements in the saving of child life, ...


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