Making decisions on public health: a review of eight countries

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Smoking, hazardous drinking, fast driving, unhealthy eating, unsafe sex. These are just some of the things that pose a threat to the health of populations everywhere. Although they are to some extent under the control of individuals, the decisions that people make are powerfully shaped by societal, commercial and other forces. If these threats to health are to be tackled effectively, then there must be an effecctive societal response, involving governments at all levels, civil society and international agencies.

The diversity of policies that have been adopted by different countries provides enormous scope for mutual learning. However, too many of these policies are poorly documented and many are little known outside their countries of origin. this book begins to tackle this situation by bringing together accounts of public health policies from eight industrialised countries. Originally assembled to inform the UK Treasury's Wanless report, it provides much information that will be of value to health policy-makers elsewhere.

Authors

Sara Allin is a Research Officer at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Elias Mossialos is Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Brian Abel-Smith Professor in Health Policy, Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science and Co-Director of LSE Health and Social Care.

Martin McKee is Research Director at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Walter Holland is a visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Emeritus Professor of Public Health Medicine.

 

Contributors
Carina Källestál, Vivien Lin, Cella McMichael, Ellen Nolte, Merete Osler, Rolf Rosenbrock, Koos Van de Velden, Suzanne Wait, Matthias Wismar.