Juridification, medicalisation and the impact of EU law: patient mobility and the allocation of scarce NHS resources

Veitch, Kenneth (2012) Juridification, medicalisation and the impact of EU law: patient mobility and the allocation of scarce NHS resources. Medical Law Review, 20 (3). pp. 362-398. ISSN 0967-0742

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Abstract

This article explores the relationship between EU Law and the allocation of scarce NHS resources in the context of the EU's objective of facilitating access to health care for patients within the EU. Focusing on the Watts case and the recently adopted EU Patients' Rights Directive, the article addresses the political and economic aspects of the implications of EU Law for, inter alia, domestic law, medicine, and the NHS. It does so through developing an analytical framework comprising the notions of juridification and medicalisation. Those notions, which are drawn here from the work of Jürgen Habermas, Ivan Illich, and Sheila McLean, are not only helpful as means of thinking through the nature of the specific EU laws considered in the article; by virtue of their broader focus on, and critique of, the welfare state, they offer an opportunity to reflect more generally on the implications of these laws for the role of the welfare state and medical and legal professionals in the development of the EU's internal market in health care services. Having undertaken this analysis, the article argues that, in order to capture the developments and implications of EU Law on patient mobility, it is necessary to update and partially reformulate the notions of medicalisation and juridification.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: EU Law; Allocation of NHS Resources; Medicalisation; Juridification; The Welfare State
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Depositing User: Kenneth Veitch
Date Deposited: 14 May 2012 11:06
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 12:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31037

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