How universal healthcare fades away
In the current issue of Governance, 23.1, Vandna Bhatia of Carleton University uses Canada as a case study to illustrate the subtle ways in which policymakers in welfare states have undermined health programs. The conventional view that healthcare is protected from retrenchment is misguided, Bhatia says. Discourse has subtly shifted away from the proposition that healthcare is a societal obligation, while governments have relied on “policy drift” — the failure to update programs to meet new needs — to limit their liabilities. The cumulative effect, says Bhatia, is a gradual adjustment of the public to “new realities.” Read more: Social Rights, Civil Rights, and Health Reform in Canada. Free download until January 31.