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Commercialization of Health Care: Global and Local Dynamics and Policy Responses

Health care is increasingly a market sector, but the process of commercialization is widely contested. Rising international trade in health services, migration of health care personnel, liberalization and privatization of local health care markets, cash payment within the public sector, increasing involvement of multinational companies: all these aspects have been promoted by a dominant framework of thought in international health policy that favours commercialization wherever possible.

Health care commercialization poses enormous challenges for health planners and activists who aim to ensure decent health care for all. This book, edited by Maureen Mackintosh and Meri Koivusalo, is the first to bring together economists and health policy and public health experts to create an integrated analysis of these different aspects of health care commercialization.

Based on original research and analysis by a group of health policy experts and economists from across the world, this book analyses the causes and consequences of the expanding global and local commercialization of health care. It argues for the necessity and possibility of effective policy responses to develop good quality, universally inclusive health systems worldwide.

The book aims to contribute to a shift in the international “common sense” in health policy toward a more humane, inclusive, egalitarian, and ethical framework for policy formulation.


Part I: Commercialization: Nature, Causes and Effects

1. Health Systems and Commercialization: In Search of Good Sense, M. Mackintosh and M. Koivusalo
2. Strategies of Multinational Health Care Companies in Europe and Asia, J. Lethbridge
3. Multinational Companies and Health Care in the United States and Latin America: Strategies, Actions and Effects, R. Jasso-Aguilar, H. Waitzkin and A. Landwehr
4. The Transnationalization of the Health Care System in Argentina, C. Iriart
5. The Dynamics of Commercial Health Care in the Lebanon, K. Sen and A. Mehio-Sibai
6. The Interactions between Social and Commercial Health Insurance after China's Entry into the World Trade Organization, Q. Sun
7. Commercialization in the Public Sector in India: Implications for Values and Aspirations, R.V. Baru
8. On Shadow Commercialization of Health Care in Russia, I. Blam and S. Kovalev
9. Commercialization of Health Care in Mali: Community Health Centres, Fees for Service and the Rise of Private Providers, M.K. Konaté and B. Kanté

Part II: Policy Issues and Responses

10. Indian Pharmaceutical Companies and Accessibility of Drugs under TRIPS, S. Chaudhuri
11. International Collaboration on Medical Device Regulation: Issues, Problems and Stakeholders, C. Altenstetter
12. Restructuring Global Health Policy Making: The Role of Global Public-Private Partnerships, E. Ollila
13. International Migration of Health Care Staff: Extent and Policy Responses, with Illustrations from Ghana, K. Mensah
14. Eliminating Economic Barriers in Health Care: The Mexico City Government’s Experience, A.C. Laurell, E. Zepeda and L. Mussot
15. The Political Economy of National Health Insurance in Korea, H.-j. Kwon and B. Tchoe
16. The Search for Cross Subsidy in Segmented Health Systems: Can Private Wards in Public Hospitals Secure Equity Gains? H. Wadee and L. Gilson
17. Public Expenditure Allocation and Incidence under Health Care Market Liberalization: A Tanzanian Case Study, T.M. Kida and M. Mackintosh

This volume is part of the UNRISD series, Social Policy in a Development Context, which examines ways in which social policy can be instrumental to economic development while maintaining its intrinsic goal of social protection and equity.

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  • Publication and ordering details
  • Pub. Date: 15 Sep 2005
    Pub. Place: Houndmills
    ISBN: 1-4039-4295-1
    Type: Hardback
    From: Palgrave