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Offering a coherent, developed critique of neoliberal health policies that have become the common denominator of “health reforms” on a global level, this work questions whether these major “reforms” are driven by the health needs of the wider population or, in fact, by nonhealth considerations such as financial and political concerns of governments and global institutions. It presents the key issues facing health professionals today and explores the barrage of policies that threaten to deny them the right to deliver quality health care. The book’s use of a common analytical framework produces a consistent critical analysis of different situations in various countries, making its approach wholly unlike previous studies of the topic of modern healthcare. Providing an alternative to the prevailing orthodoxy that has captured the global health agenda since 1978, it offers hope and support campaigners, students, academics, medics, and administrators.
|Edition description:||Second Edition, Second edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
John Lister has been a prominent and outspoken health campaigner as the information director of London Health Emergency for more than 25 years. He is also a senior lecturer in health journalism at Coventry University and the author of Europe’s Health for Sale: The Heavy Cost of Privatisation, Health Policy Reform: Driving the Wrong Way?, and The NHS After 60: For Patients or Profits?
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Chapter 2 A framework for analysing changes 19
Chapter 3 The World Health Organization 53
Chapter 4 The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) 79
Chapter 5 Other organisations shaping health reforms 111
Chapter 6 The 'reform' agenda - market-driven (cost-cutting) reforms 133
Chapter 7 The 'reform' agenda - market-style (ideologically driven) reforms 161
Chapter 8 The missing MDGs 225
Chapter 9 It doesn't have to be this way - alternative approaches 249
Appendix: A toolkit for testing the content of a health policy in context 265