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Introduction and summary 

Introduction and summary
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Introduction and summary
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Richard Barker

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10.1093/med/9780199600663.003.0001
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date: 21 May 2019

Sometimes our future is hidden in plain sight. This is true of the future of our healthcare, as explored in this book—written for all those involved in healthcare, practitioners and patients, who want to know what awaits them.

Over the last couple of years, the credit crunch has driven a near-collapse of the world's financial systems. With the benefit of hindsight, many say this could have been avoided. But it all seemed to happen so fast. Much of the prosperity of the last two decades was built on unaffordable levels of debt, debt that had built up over years, yet could bankrupt seemingly impregnable banks overnight. Everyone asked: how did we not see this meltdown coming? Could we have done anything to head it off?...

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