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Health systems, health economies and globalization: social science perspectives

Published in Globalization and Health

© [M] everythingpossible / stock.adobe.comEdited by Dr Susan F Murray (KCL), Prof Rama Baru (JNU), Dr Emma Pitchforth (LSE), Dr Ramila Bisht (JNU).

The complex relationship between globalization and health calls for research from many disciplinary and methodological perspectives. This collection brings together review articles, reports of original research studies and concept papers that reflect current developments within a range of social science disciplines contributing to this area of enquiry (e.g. economics, political science, psychology, sociology, business studies, social policy and research policy). 

The collection aims to highlight challenges and innovative approaches and to inform future research agendas. Papers discuss a range of issues pertaining to the globalization of healthcare markets and governance and regulation issues. They highlight the important contribution that can be made by the social sciences to this field, and also the practical and methodological challenges implicit in the study of globalization and health.

  1. Content type: Editorial

    The complex relationship between globalization and health calls for research from many disciplinary and methodological perspectives. This editorial gives an overview of the content trajectory of the interdisci...

    Authors: Susan F Murray, Ramila Bisht, Rama Baru and Emma Pitchforth

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2012 8:30

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  2. Content type: Review

    Medical tourism is a growing phenomenon with policy implications for health systems, particularly of destination countries. Private actors and governments in Southeast Asia are promoting the medical tourist in...

    Authors: Nicola S Pocock and Kai Hong Phua

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2011 7:12

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  3. Content type: Research

    Globalisation has prompted countries to evaluate their position on trade in health services. However, this is often done from a multi-lateral, rather than a regional or bi-lateral perspective. In a previous re...

    Authors: Melisa Martínez Álvarez, Rupa Chanda and Richard D Smith

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2011 7:11

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    Building appropriate levels of trust in pharmaceuticals is a painstaking and challenging task, involving participants from different spheres of life, including producers, distributors, retailers, prescribers, ...

    Authors: Petra Brhlikova, Ian Harper, Roger Jeffery, Nabin Rawal, Madhusudhan Subedi and MR Santhosh

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2011 7:10

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    Citizens of high income countries rely on highly regulated medicines markets. However low income countries' impoverished populations generally struggle for access to essential medicines through out-of-pocket p...

    Authors: Maureen Mackintosh, Sudip Chaudhuri and Phares GM Mujinja

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2011 7:4

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    'Innovation' has become a policy focus in its own right in many states as they compete to position themselves in the emerging knowledge economies. Innovation in biomedicine is a global enterprise in which 'Ris...

    Authors: Brian Salter and Alex Faulkner

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2011 7:3

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