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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine. Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues.

Comparative Health Systems: Emerging Convergences and Globalization
Comparative health systems: Emerging convergences and globalization

Managed health-care systems in Chile? Preferred provider programs in Bolivia? Herbalists in Indiana? St John's Wort, Cat's Claw, and Gingko biloba in Arkansas? Are health-care systems becoming more alike as globalization connects our economic and political systems, e-mail thrusts our communications across continents with speed, accuracy and ease, and people and pathogens fly greater distances with more frequency than ever before? This chapter reviews comparative health system (CHS) research and asks if health systems are converging on a limited number of Western-influenced models of care, or are there new and still emerging ‘mosaics’ of models stimulated by the conflicting forces of globalization and cultural diversity?

Even a cursory review of the literature on ...

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