By Frank Huisman, Harry Oosterhuis

Following the second one global struggle, future health used to be outlined by means of a few overseas corporations as a common human correct. It was once this basic precept that resulted in the advance of modern day structures of collective investment, and health and wellbeing is now on the best of the worldwide political schedule.

The essays during this assortment include a wealth of empirical and analytical details. participants examine problems with well-being and citizenship in Europe throughout centuries, and view the level to which the country can intervene with the non-public lives of its electorate, the function of person accountability and if any boundary happens when it comes to what the nation can realistically supply. it's going to entice these attracted to the background of medication, in political technological know-how and the burgeoning box of future health coverage.

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Economically, the emphasis shifted from the manufacturing industry to high technology, information and services. Socially, alongside the traditional family, a plurality of alternative living arrangements evolved, which together with the ongoing process of individualization and emancipation of women, resulted in stronger claims for economic independence of individuals. Globalization and European integration as well mass immigration and increased ethnic and cultural pluralism affected the autonomy of and the loyalty to the nation and also the homogeneity of its culture.

Health care benefits – and obligations – were an important ingredient of social citizenship. In several industrial nations the health risks of industrial workers – not only sickness, but also injuries caused by accidents on the work-floor – were taken into account as a result of the pressure of the socialist movement, trade unions, social reformers, enlightened capitalists and medical professionals. Sickness, disablement and life-insurance funds, developed by voluntary associations, mutual aid societies, trade unions and political parties, contributed to the collective identity and political mobilization of the working class.

Similarly, health and well-being were thought to depend on the interplay between individual nature, habit and living conditions. Therefore, they claimed authority for physicians in many dimensions of human life. The organization of society should be based on knowledge of how individuals, as interrelated physical, mental and social beings, functioned. Scientific information about bodily and mental operations would enable people to gear their behaviour to rational principles and improve their 20 Health and Citizenship lives.

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