Health systems in history: ideas, comparisons, policies


  • Prof Martin Gorsky

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Project summary

The idea of a 'health system' enjoys common currency in today’s global economy. It implies a holistic conception of the organisational structures within which medicine is financed, provided and regulated in modern states. Dr Gorsky's project is finding out how this idea came to be, and how it can be applied historically. This project is also asking how the health systems approach has been deployed in international development contexts, whether as an object of policy or as a mode of policy-making. It will then be used as a category for analysis in the comparative history of high income countries.