Understanding Health Systems and Welfare

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Understanding Health Systems and Welfare

9781035327102 Edward Elgar Publishing
Bent Greve, Professor in Social Science, Department of Social Sciences and Business, University of Roskilde, Denmark
Publication Date: July 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03532 710 2 Extent: c 154 pp
Understanding Health Systems and Welfare explores the ways in which we understand health care systems and recommends how individuals, health care providers and society as a whole can best use the resources within the systems for maximum benefit. In this enlightening book, Bent Greve examines health care systems from a multitude of perspectives, considering factors such as demographic changes, the steering of health care systems, the value of preventative measures and the challenges and opportunities presented by technological developments.

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Understanding Health Systems and Welfare explores the ways in which we understand health care systems and recommends how individuals, health care providers and society as a whole can best use the resources within the systems for maximum benefit.

In this enlightening book, Bent Greve examines health care systems from a multitude of perspectives, considering factors such as demographic changes, the steering of health care systems, the value of preventative measures and the challenges and opportunities presented by technological developments. Greve discusses ways in which societies can ensure equitable access to treatment for all generations, income-bands and levels of education. The book recognises that each welfare state manages a different framework, financial model and structural organisation, and encourages individuals and health care providers to better understand the resources available in order to maximise the system’s potential and ensure an overall improvement in wellbeing.

This book is an informative read for students, academics and researchers working in welfare sociology, health sociology, social policy, health policy and sustainable development. Accessible and engaging, it will also be of interest to professionals and policymakers working in the health care and welfare sectors.
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‘This book analyzes from an international comparative perspective how health systems are embedded in modern welfare states. It shows the importance of welfare states for the health of the population. This shows that it is not only health policy measures that are important for health prevention and health promotion, but that other social policies such as labor market policy have a decisive influence here. Students and researchers can learn from this excellent book what measures can be used to improve health and reduce health inequalities.’
– Claus Wendt, University of Siegen, Germany

‘This book contributes to closing a gap in our knowledge by bringing together the analysis of health systems and welfare systems in high income countries. The breadth of topics tackled makes it relevant to all social scientists interested in the current challenges faced by health care systems around the world.’
– Céu Mateus, Lancaster University, UK

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