Current health policy is required to respond to a constantly
changing social and political environment characterised,
particularly in Europe, by ageing populations, increased migration,
and growing inequalities in health and services. With health
systems under increasing strain there is a sense that we need to
seek new means of determining health policy. Much political debate
focuses on managerial issues such as the levels of health funding
and the setting and missing of targets. Meanwhile our moral
imperatives, our values and principles, go relatively unexamined.
What are these values? Can we agree their validity and salience?
How do we manage the paradox of competing goods? Can we find new
ways of talking about, and resolving, our conflicting values and
competing priorities in order to create sound, appropriate, and
just health policies for the 21st Century? Written by leading
health policy makers and academics from many countries,
"Constructive Conversations about Health" examines in depth the
underlying values and principles of health policy, and posits a
more enlightened public and political discourse. The book will be
invaluable for those involved in health policy making and
governance, politicians, healthcare managers, researchers,
ethicists, health and social affairs media, health rights and
patient participation groups. 'The literature on health policy is
vast. On offer are models of health services, economic theory,
management theory, disquisitions on ethical principles, social
analyses, literally thousands of publications. In a globalised and
electronically networked world, this literature has already
generated its own particular language, a policy jargon replete with
terms that look deceptively familiar, terms that will be much in
evidence in what now follows, terms whose meanings require our
closest attention.' - Marshall Marinker.
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