Health, welfare, and the state — the dangers of forgetting history

Simon Szreter, Ann-Louise Kinmonth, Natasha Kriznik & Mike Kelly
Recent public policy in the UK has been dominated by a discourse which asserts that public expenditure on universal health coverage and welfare is a burden on the productive economy and unaffordable in what has been deemed a time of austerity. There is a widely held assumption that universal welfare provision, as offered by most modern welfare states, is a luxury, only afforded since World War 2 by wealthier economies. According to this view, if...
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