Commercialization of Health Care

Global and Local Dynamics and Policy Responses

  • Maureen Mackintosh
  • Meri Koivusalo

Part of the Social Policy in a Development Context book series (SPDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Commercialization: Nature, Causes and Effects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Health Systems and Commercialization

      1. Maureen Mackintosh, Meri Koivusalo
        Pages 3-21
    3. Globalization in Health Care: Strategies of Multinational Companies

    4. Transnationalization and Commercialization in Middle Income Countries’ Health Care

    5. Commercialization and the Public and Community Health Sector

  3. Policy Issues and Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Global Industrial Regulation and Its Health Implications

    3. Commercialization and Global Policies

    4. Universalizing Health Care Access under Commercialization

      1. Asa Cristina Laurell, Eduardo Zepeda, Luisa Mussot
        Pages 216-233
      2. Huck-Ju Kwon, Byongho Tchoe
        Pages 234-250
    5. Public-Private Interactions and Health Equity Objectives

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 284-322

About this book


Based on original research and analysis by a group of health policy experts and economists from across the world, this book analyzes 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 towards a more humane, inclusive, egalitarian, and ethical framework for policy formulation.


care health health policy political economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Maureen Mackintosh
    • 1
  • Meri Koivusalo
    • 2
  1. 1.Open UniversityUK
  2. 2.The Globalism and Social Policy ProgrammeNational Research and Development Centre for Welfare and HealthFinland

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