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Will COVID-19 mark the end of an egalitarian NHS?

Germain, S. ORCID: 0000-0003-2697-6039 (2020). Will COVID-19 mark the end of an egalitarian NHS?. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 11(2), pp. 358-365. doi: 10.1017/err.2020.33


The exceptional circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the traditional organisation of healthcare resources allocation in the UK. Since its inception, the National Health Service (NHS) has aimed to regulate risks of ill health in the population by providing an equal and universal provision of healthcare services to residents based on their health status rather than their ability to pay. The rapid spread of this new virus has, however, triggered a shift in paradigm from an egalitarian allocation of healthcare resources to a utilitarian approach, which has led to discussions about society’s greatest taboos: death and dying and the economic value of individuals’ health.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © European Journal of Risk Regulation 2020
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR355 Virology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
The City Law School > International Law and Affairs Group
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