This article reflects on the role of sociological concepts and of sociologists in a series of national surveys that have proved important to national health policy in financing and access to health care. The development of the early surveys in a university setting and their migration to the government is discussed, as is the relative influence of sociologists and economists. The changing focus of health policy from access to care through expanded government programs, to cost containment and utilization control, provides an important context for understanding these developments. Areas are identified where sociologists can make significant contributions to health policy in financing and access to care.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Sociology and Political Science