Power, politics, and health care

John Germov, Helen Belcher

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    In 2000, the Senate Community Affairs References Committee observed that ‘much of the debate and commentary (on Australian health policy) often seems to focus on the requirements of funding agencies such as governments and the needs of practitioners’(Commonwealth of Australia 2000, p. 3). Earlier, Sidney Sax had argued that the Australian health care system responds to vested interests and influences—‘a strife of interests’ (Sax 1984)—many of which are seemingly unrelated to health (Sax 1990). Gwendolyn Gray extended this argument by claiming that ‘the competing ideological perspectives of Australia’s major parties are the principal reasons for the frequent and major changes in policy direction’ (Gray 1991, p. 184).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSecond opinion
    Subtitle of host publicationAn introduction to health sociology
    EditorsJohn Germov
    Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne, Victoria
    PublisherOxford University Press, USA
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9780190306496
    ISBN (Print)9780190306489
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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