- Title Pages
- Preface and Acknowledgments
- 1 Convergence Theory
- 2 Types of Political Economy
- 3 Mass Society, Participation, and the Mass Media
- 4 Theories of the Postindustrial Society
- Part II The Welfare State and Social Policy
- 5 The Welfare State
- 6 Sector Spending and Program Emphasis
- 7 Types of Political Economy, Party Ideology, and Family Policy
- 8 The American Welfare Mess in Comparative Perspective
- 9 Bureaucratic Efficiency and Bloat
- Part III System Performance
- 10 Tax-Welfare Backlash
- 11 Are Political Parties declining?
- 12 Types Of Political Economy, Spending, Taxing, And Economic Performance
- 13 The Great American Job Creation Machine In Comparative Perspective
- 14 Risk and Safety
- 15 Types of Political Economy, Regulatory Regimes, and the Environment
- 16 Health Performance
- 17 Globalization
- 18 American Exceptionalism and Policy Implications
- Appendix A Methods
- Appendix B Concepts and Measures of Left and Catholic Party Power
- Appendix C Social Spending, GNP, Tax Expenditures, and Housing Expenditures
- Appendix D Sector Spending Correlations
- Appendix E Family Policy
- Appendix F Estimating Reliance on Means Testing
- Appendix G Measures of Economic Performance
- Appendix H Measures of Central Bank Autonomy
- Appendix I Mayhem Index, Mobility-Meritocracy Index, and Minority-Group Cleavages
- Appendix J Public Employees
- (p.577) 16 Health Performance
- Rich Democracies
HAROLD L. WILENSKY
- University of California Press
This chapter examines the influence of affluence, political economy and public policy on health performance. Although there is much healthy skepticism regarding the effectiveness of the medical community in improving health and well-being relative to the influence of improved living standards rooted in economic growth, this chapter shows that both are important. This chapter also suggests that medical intervention has had substantial effects in both preventing and managing many diseases and it had extended life expectancy free of disability for elderly men and women by several years and reduced infant mortality rates.
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