Exploring the Health Case for Universal Basic Income: Evidence from GPs Working with Precarious Groups

Dan Degerman, Matthew Johnson*, Robert Geyer

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Abstract

This article draws upon clinical experience of GPs working in a deprived area of the North East of England to examine the potential contribution of Universal Basic Income to health by mitigating ‘patient-side barriers’ among three cohorts experiencing distinct forms of ‘precariousness’: 1) long-term unemployed welfare recipients with low levels of education (lumpenprecariat); 2) workers on short-term/zero-hours contracts with low levels of education (‘lower’ precariat); 3) workers on short-term/zero-hours contracts with relatively high levels of education (‘upper’ precariat). We argue that any benefits must be accompanied by robust institutions capable of promoting health.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalBasic Income Studies
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2019

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