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Feiler, Therese; Hordern, Joshua; Papanikitas, Andrew (2018): Introduction. In: Feiler, Therese; Hordern, Joshua; Papanikitas, Andrew (eds.) : Marketisation, Ethics and Healthcare. Policy, Practice and Moral Formation. 1. Auflage. London; New York: Routledge; Taylor & Francis eBooks. pp. 1-9
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores how marketisation, in its various forms, shapes and affects healthcare. It also explores contrary interpretations of 'marketisation' on a systemic level, in particular with a view to organisational-ethical formation, and with a view to the locus of ethics and medical ethics within the bigger political-economic picture. The book presents the marketisation of healthcare at the level of health and care policy-making, discussing the ethical ramifications of specific marketisation measures. It examines healthcare workers' personal moral standing in a marketised healthcare system, particularly with a view to preserving and enriching compassionate care, a concern that goes deeper than, but always threatens to become, a mere political slogan. The book highlights the need and difficulty in classifying healthcare systems so as to assess them economically and map them on the spectrum of the economic calculation between centralisation and marketisation.