Missing in Action? Sociological Analysis and the Provision of Public/Private Healthcare

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 32 (Main Building)
RC15 Sociology of Health (host committee)

Language: English

Healthcare systems across the world are grappling with the challenges of healthcare provision, in particular with the increasing private provision of healthcare services. For many years, healthcare has been viewed as a public good, but this has been replaced with the view that services should be delivered by the market. Surprisingly, there has been little sociological analysis of the implications of this change for patients, providers and governments. This is despite increased concern in the media about rising inequalities in patient access to healthcare and deteriorating health outcomes as public resources are withdrawn or redirected. We are therefore aiming for a lively debate about our field of medical sociology/health sociology and its potential, in particular: 

  • analytical and explanatory pieces about the lack of extended, critical sociological analysis of these changes to healthcare systems; 
  • reviews of past trends in medical/health sociology and reflections on future directions; 
  • assessments of sociology’s past contributions to the health field and reasons for the current lacuna; 
  • reflections about the changing context of medical/health sociology and its influence on the way sociologists produce knowledge about health.

We invite two types of papers – full papers reporting on theoretical or empirical research; or brief reports – reflections or work in progress on contemporary issues in health/medical sociology, the focus remaining on the public/private healthcare nexus. Participants are asked to specify whether their paper is “brief” or “full”.

Session Organizers:
Fran COLLYER, The University of Sydney, Australia and Karen WILLIS, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Missing in Action? Sociological Analysis and the Provision of Public/Private Healthcare
Fran COLLYER, The University of Sydney, Australia; Karen WILLIS, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Commodification of Health Under Neoliberalism: A Comparison of the Israeli and the Spanish Cases
Dani FILC, Department of Politics and Government Ben-Gurion University, Israel; Nadav DAVIDOVICH, Department of Health Systems' Management Ben-Gurion University, Israel
The Growing ‘Blurred Lines' of Health Care Provision in the English NHS
Vid CALOVSKI, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Social Responsibility and Hospitals: An Overview about Values, Programs and Networks of Partnerships
Monica FREITAS, Faculty of Social Science, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal; Maria Joao SANTOS, High Institute of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon, Portugal; Rui SANTOS, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal
Neoliberalism and Work Ethos: The Transformation of Primary Health Care in Turkey
Gulin KAYHAN, Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies, Japan
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