Seminário de Estudos Internacionais

 

TRANSFORMATION OF INDIA’S HEALTH SYSTEM, 1980-2010

Roger Jeffery
University of Edinburgh

 

In this paper I argue that several recent changes, such as the rise of ‘corporate’ hospitals, increasing ‘pharmaceuticalization’ and commodification of health care, and a clinical trials ‘industry’, have been superimposed on the previous structures, without drastically changing them. Using biographies of prominent medical personalities, analyses of patterns of hospital ownership and size in Delhi, and material from recently-concluded research projects, I argue that talk of a ‘neo-liberal turn’ disguises continuities and fails to appreciate countervailing factors.

 

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