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Invisible hand or fatherly hand? Problems of paternalism in the new perspective on health

Weale, A; (1983) Invisible hand or fatherly hand? Problems of paternalism in the new perspective on health. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law , 7 (4) 784 - 807.

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Abstract

Some recent policy analyses have suggested that further improvements in health status in modern, industrialized societies are likely to be more dependent on change in social organizations and personal conduct than on the use of costly medical techniques. Weale describes the reasoning behind this new viewpoint and examines the charge that it represents an abandonment of liberal principles in favor of a collectivist, paternalistic role for the state. He advocates a "liberal paternalist" viewpoint on health policy, in which respect for individual liberty is combined with the use of tax-based public interventions to effect improvements in health.

Type:Article
Title:Invisible hand or fatherly hand? Problems of paternalism in the new perspective on health
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Political Science

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