Promoting Health as a Form of Capital: The Transformation of the Danish Healthcare Field as Experienced by Private Healthcare Professionals

Kristian Larsen, Ivan Harsløf

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Abstract

The predominantly public Danish healthcare system offers free or heavily subsidised access to healthcare services. Yet, as part of a general reorientation of Danish society toward marketisation in recent decades, private sector medicine has gained some foothold. The expansion of private healthcare services has been stimulated by a dramatic increase in private health insurance and a full-fledged adoption of new public management strategies. The chapter examines how the marketisation of healthcare services, and transformations in the field of employment, may have brought about a more general commodification of health, nurturing health as an object of individual investment. It presents an analysis of four cases revolving around the health professionals’ experiences with peer pressure for engaging in health activities, their reflections on patients’ motives for seeking private health services, as well as their own strategies for maintaining and improving their health status. We conclude that transformations of fields and interrelations between them promote health investments within healthcare institutions – including private healthcare institutions – among patients and the service staff themselves on different levels. The healthcare professionals display a high level of reflection on how to play the ‘health game’, navigating a field increasingly dominated by processes of commercialisation and individualisation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNavigating Private and Public Healthcare : Experiences of Patients, Doctors and Policy-Makers
EditorsFran Collyer, Karen Willis
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationLondon, England
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Edition1
Pages1-12
Chapter9
ISBN (Print)978-981-329-207-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-329-208-6
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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Economics
Delivery of Health Care
Health
Commodification
Private Sector
Health Insurance
Health Status
Health Services
Medicine

Keywords

  • private and public healthcare
  • health capital
  • personal investment
  • body investment
  • bourdieu
  • healthcare field

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Larsen, K., & Harsløf, I. (Accepted/In press). Promoting Health as a Form of Capital: The Transformation of the Danish Healthcare Field as Experienced by Private Healthcare Professionals. In F. Collyer, & K. Willis (Eds.), Navigating Private and Public Healthcare: Experiences of Patients, Doctors and Policy-Makers (1 ed., pp. 1-12). London, England: Palgrave Macmillan.
Larsen, Kristian ; Harsløf, Ivan. / Promoting Health as a Form of Capital : The Transformation of the Danish Healthcare Field as Experienced by Private Healthcare Professionals. Navigating Private and Public Healthcare: Experiences of Patients, Doctors and Policy-Makers. editor / Fran Collyer ; Karen Willis. 1. ed. London, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. pp. 1-12
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Promoting Health as a Form of Capital : The Transformation of the Danish Healthcare Field as Experienced by Private Healthcare Professionals. / Larsen, Kristian; Harsløf, Ivan.

Navigating Private and Public Healthcare: Experiences of Patients, Doctors and Policy-Makers. ed. / Fran Collyer; Karen Willis. 1. ed. London, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. p. 1-12.

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Larsen K, Harsløf I. Promoting Health as a Form of Capital: The Transformation of the Danish Healthcare Field as Experienced by Private Healthcare Professionals. In Collyer F, Willis K, editors, Navigating Private and Public Healthcare: Experiences of Patients, Doctors and Policy-Makers. 1 ed. London, England: Palgrave Macmillan. 2020. p. 1-12