Economics, health, and post-industrial society

Milbank Mem Fund Q Health Soc. 1979 Spring;57(2):153-82.


Increases in medical resources, and access to care, do not lead to comparable decreases in either morbidity or mortality in modern nations. The number of years of schooling, rather than level of income, emerges as the surest correlate of good health, although progress in medical science and changes in productivity remain powerful influences. Family, religion, and especially government, are examined as institutions serving competing goals of security, freedom, and equality.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Delivery of Health Care / economics*
  • Educational Status
  • Efficiency
  • Europe
  • Government Regulation
  • Government*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Status Indicators*
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Internationality
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Public Policy*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Resource Allocation*
  • USSR
  • United States