The Commodification of Poland’s Welfare State
The Health Care Field
Equal access to health care services, financed from public funds, shall be ensured by public authorities to citizens, irrespective of their material situation. (Article 68, Constitution of the Republic of Poland)
Importance of the Field
Health care is both essential for the physical maintenance of a population and for the stabilisation and reproduction of social systems. One of the great successes of industrialisation and urbanisation has been the increasing of life expectancy, made possible by general improvements in living standards and nutrition, as well as through the provision of health care. As health care has been provided in a decommodified form in many societies over the past few decades, so the commodification of this essential service remains extremely controversial. It is perhaps contemporary society’s most fictitious of commodities.
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