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A Political Economy of Medicine: Great Britain and the United States.

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By Hollingsworth J. Rogers. . 312 pages. Johns Hopkins University Press; , Baltimore: , 1986.. $37.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(5):788-789. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-106-5-788
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Many health policy analysts in the United States are drawn hypnotically to a study in which the initiatives of the British National Health Service are compared with our own chaotic and nonintegrated health care initiatives. The cost-effectiveness, fairness, and widespread acceptance of the National Health Service remind us constantly of our failure of political will. Hollingsworth, an American sociologist and historian, ponders the implications of two such widely divergent approaches to the organization and delivery of health care. He describes his study as "a sociological history of the medical delivery systems of Great Britain and of the United States." It


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