Shattuck Lecture -- the Politics of Medicine in Britain and the United States
New England Journal of Medicine. 1986 Jul 17; 315(3): 168-174.
Lister, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, compares the British and American health care systems in his 1986 Shattuck Lecture before the Massachusetts Medical Society. He discusses the role that the government, the medical profession, and the public play in shaping health policy, concentrating in particular on Britain's National Health Service (NHS). Among the issues Lister addresses are differences in the British and American attitudes toward health expenditures, problems of resource allocation and access to care, private sector medicine's role in Britain, the function of physicians' organizations in shaping health policy, and the British public's attitude toward the NHS. He concludes that neither the British nor the American system will undergo radical change soon, and that physicians will continue to be concerned about their patients' welfare and frustrated by regulatory and economic constraints. (KIE abstract)
Attitudes; Biomedical Technologies; Economics; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Health Care; Health Insurance; Insurance; International Aspects; Medicine; Organizations; Patients; Physicians; Political Activity; Politics; Private Sector; Professional Organizations; Public Policy; Regulation; Resource Allocation; Self Regulation; Sociology; State Medicine;
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