Health, wealth and poverty in developing countries: Beyond the State, market, and civil society

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Health Sociology Review, 2012, 21 (2), pp. 156 - 164
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Poor health and disease and the nature of interventions to ameliorate them typically generate opportunities and costs. What diseases are prevalent, which interventions are favoured and what factors fuel the nature of health interventions are recurrent concerns for political economists. This paper examines the prevailing viewpoints about what health policy works and what does not. Drawing on evidence from developing countries, it shows that there are many deficiencies in the prevailing orthodoxy which emphasises state, market, and civil society solutions. The paper suggests that health policy debate must be reframed around poverty and social inequality, constructs which are often subordinated to attaining grand ideological goals. © eContent Management Pty Ltd.
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