OverviewThis book is about health, power and policy. It is the first comparative study of how health policy is made in leading industrial nations. Using detailed case histories of the United Kingdom, United Sates and Germany, it shows that health care systems and modern states are indissolubly bound together.This book explains how the health care state originated before the rise of democracy, and demonstrates that it has had to confront the twin pressures of democratic politics and competitive capitalism. It analyses why health care reform preoccupies modern governments and highlights also why reform is so difficult. It focuses on three important arenas of health care politics - the government of consumption, the government of doctors, and the government of medical technology - and illustrates how these three arenas intersect.The book will be vital reading to a wide audience: not only to those concerned with health care policy, but to comparative students of the welfare state and to anyone who wants to make sense of the changing role of the state in the advanced capitalist democracies.