Designing behaviour and healthcare

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Is this behaviour led approach more benevolent than the old universal model, will it result in better healthcare, or is it unacceptably authoritarian?

I looked at the shift towards a provision of healthcare organised around behaviour change that will increasingly mean judging access and use of provided services according to whether the individual leads a healthy lifestyle. The motivation for this is not just cutting back public expenditure, even though “unhealthy lives” apparently drain spare resources. Is this behaviour led approach more benevolent than the old universal model, will it result in better healthcare, or is it unacceptably authoritarian?

Listen to the podcast here (my introduction starts 2.30 seconds in)