Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

Medicine transformed: on access to healthcare

Course provided by Open University

Summary overview

  • Online anytime

  • 15 hours study time

  • Healthcare

  • Free

  • Level 2

About this course

This free course, Medicine transformed: On access to healthcare, shows that, in the early 20th century, access to care was unequally divided. The rich could afford care; working men, women and children were helped by the state; others relying on their own resources.

Learning outcomes

  1. Describe the wide range of methods of promoting health, preventing disease and providing care that were available to patients of different social groups and classes.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the inequalities of services – in terms of both quality of care and access to different services – open to different social groups and classes.
  3. Assess the significance of the roles of central and local governments, the private sector and voluntary associations in providing medical services.
  4. Understand the concept of ‘medicalisation’ and assess the degree of power doctors had over people's lives in the early 20th century.