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Over the past decades the number of actors that are engaged in health policy processes has grown (Jones, Baggott & Allsop, 2003). Changes in medical knowledge and the organisation of healthcare have caused a shift in drivers of medicalisation (Conrad, 2005, 2007; Devisch & Van Hoyweghen, 2011). It is within this fragmented field and second generation of medicalisation studies that this paper is situated. The goal of this study is twofold. Firstly, by examining the different stakeholders that are involved in the Belgian social health insurance system this study wants to gain more insight in the specific context of this social health insurance system (SHI). Secondly, it examines the advantages and disadvantages that this SHI offers for medicalisation processes. In order to gain more insight in these processes, elite interviews were conducted with 30 key figures within 18 organisations. Our results show that the specific characteristics of the social health insurance system create both advantages and disadvantages to medicalisation. With this paper we want to shift the focus from the medicalisation of certain conditions to a focus on the broader context in which medicalisation can, but does not need to, take place.

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Van den Bogaert, Sarah, and Piet Bracke. “Can a Social Health Insurance System Serve as a Context for Medicalisation?” European Sociological Association Mid-Term Conference of the Research Network on Sociology of Health & Illness (RN16), Abstracts, 2016.
APA
Van den Bogaert, S., & Bracke, P. (2016). Can a social health insurance system serve as a context for medicalisation? In European Sociological Association Mid-Term Conference of the Research Network on Sociology of Health & Illness (RN16), Abstracts. Lisbon, Portugal.
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Van den Bogaert, Sarah, and Piet Bracke. 2016. “Can a Social Health Insurance System Serve as a Context for Medicalisation?” In European Sociological Association Mid-Term Conference of the Research Network on Sociology of Health & Illness (RN16), Abstracts.
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Van den Bogaert, Sarah, and Piet Bracke. 2016. “Can a Social Health Insurance System Serve as a Context for Medicalisation?” In European Sociological Association Mid-Term Conference of the Research Network on Sociology of Health & Illness (RN16), Abstracts.
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Van den Bogaert S, Bracke P. Can a social health insurance system serve as a context for medicalisation? In: European Sociological Association Mid-Term Conference of the Research Network on Sociology of Health & Illness (RN16), Abstracts. 2016.
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S. Van den Bogaert and P. Bracke, “Can a social health insurance system serve as a context for medicalisation?,” in European Sociological Association Mid-Term Conference of the Research Network on Sociology of Health & Illness (RN16), Abstracts, Lisbon, Portugal, 2016.
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  abstract     = {{Over the past decades the number of actors that are engaged in health policy processes has grown (Jones, Baggott & Allsop, 2003). Changes in medical knowledge and the organisation of healthcare have caused a shift in drivers of medicalisation (Conrad, 2005, 2007; Devisch & Van Hoyweghen, 2011). It is within this fragmented field and second generation of medicalisation studies that this paper is situated. The goal of this study is twofold. Firstly, by examining the different stakeholders that are involved in the Belgian social health insurance system this study wants to gain more insight in the specific context of this social health insurance system (SHI). Secondly, it examines the advantages and disadvantages that this SHI offers for medicalisation processes. In order to gain more insight in these processes, elite interviews were conducted with 30 key figures within 18 organisations. Our results show that the specific characteristics of the social health insurance system create both advantages and disadvantages to medicalisation. With this paper we want to shift the focus from the medicalisation of certain conditions to a focus on the broader context in which medicalisation can, but does not need to, take place.}},
  author       = {{Van den Bogaert, Sarah and Bracke, Piet}},
  booktitle    = {{European Sociological Association Mid-Term Conference of the Research Network on Sociology of Health & Illness (RN16), Abstracts}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Lisbon, Portugal}},
  title        = {{Can a social health insurance system serve as a context for medicalisation?}},
  year         = {{2016}},
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