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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: May 2020

3 - ‘Collective Action’ and Global Healthcare

from Part II - The Political Contexts of Healthcare Policies

Summary

The effects of health services and interventions increasingly transcend the borders of nations, and our most ambitious challenges today are driven by the pursuit of global health goals. Global healthcare policy includes the supply of health programmes, goods and services that by exceeding the boundaries of nations produce significant externalities (effects to other health systems). Examples include the control and eradication of epidemics, the access to essential medicines of the entire world population and the need to standardise the practices of health professionals to match the ‘best practices’, when known and available. Hence, it involves decisions around international mobility of healthcare inputs like health technologies, medicines, vaccines and health professionals and their role in promoting global health.

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