Title: Income and health – from a minimum wage to a citizen income?

Authors: Stephen Watkins

Addresses: Medical Practitioners Union, 128 Theobald's Road, Holborn, London, WC1X 8TN, UK

Abstract: This paper returns to an argument made by a group of UK health professionals in late 1980s and early 1990s and suggests that a divide is developing between public health and the economic system. It argues that public health and well being can best be served by establishing a citizen|s income to protect the whole population and that this is compatible with some of the basic ideas set out by Keynes in the 1930s. Health professionals should engage with economic arguments and not accept the current terms that limit thinking about economics and health.

Keywords: public health; health inequalities; citizen wage; local green Keynesianism; Keynes; minimum wage; economic systems; health professionals; healthcare; income.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMCP.2010.034875

International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy, 2010 Vol.4 No.2, pp.137 - 144

Available online: 26 Aug 2010 *

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