Health and heartbreak healthcare before the nhs has 0 ratings and 0 reviews it says something that when the boer war began the state had been shocked. Cover photograph health and heartbreak healthcare before the nhs a gloucestershire author has had her book health and heartbreak healthcare before the nhs published in february this year. Before the establishment of the nhs in 1948 the provision of health care was inextricably bound up with religion and controlling the poor what is clear is that capitalism has never been able to provide health care for working people and they have been forced to rely on charity and philanthropy. Britains national health service did not come out of nowhere there were many notable developments schemes and efforts to co ordinate and unify healthcare over the preceding decades yet the road to 1948 can look rather sparse in terms of major government reforms the pre ww1 liberal social reforms marked a significant progressive shift. What was middle class healthcare like before the nhs in the public mind and that of many historians healthcare in pre nhs britain was a toxic combination of charity poor law and unaffordable doctors bills thus it would seem that the arrival of the nhs did much to improve the health options of the middle class
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