Medicine And Books

Women and the Health Care Industry: An Unhealthy Relationship?

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:270
  1. Mary Ann Elston
  1. senior lecturer in sociology, Royal Holloway College, University of London

    Peggy Foster Open University Press, pounds sterling12.99, pp 218, ISBN 0 335 09472 4

    In describing health care as an “industry” Peggy Foster draws attention to what in her view is self evidently an undesirable state of affairs. She implies that industrial and commercial interests distort health care away from serving the public's--or, more specifically, women's--interests. But Foster is not referring to current moves towards creating a more “business-like” NHS or blurring of the boundaries between public and private health care. For her, these seem to be minor adjustments to a health care system already run primarily for the …

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