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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Health Systems Design: Service Vs Personal Responsibility

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Personal Responsibility


We have been schooled to regard health as a service delivered to us, when it should primarily be a responsibility we all exercise. In The Limits to Medicine Ivan Illich described a health system based on personal responsibility rather than service.
"Success in this personal task is in large part the result of the self-awareness, self-discipline, and inner resources by which each person regulates his own daily rhythm and actions, his diet and sexual activity... The level of public health corresponds to the degree to which the means and responsibility for coping with illness are distributed among the population."

My source: Leadbeater, C. (2009) WE-THINK. 2nd ed., London: Profile Books. p.152.
(... and an interesting way to write and produce a book):

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