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The Health Care Policy Process enables the reader to develop a clear understanding of the scope and objectives of health policy studies, to analyze the extent to which policies can be changed or influenced by those involved at the different stages of the policy process, and to assess both the need and the scope for change. The author considers the relationship between planning and policy, looks at key concepts in analyzing health care issues, and examines some of the debates overshadowing today's health policy agenda.

Aid and the Health Sector
Aid and the health sector
Aid within Global Relationships

In Chapter 11 we considered how structural adjustment processes have been instrumental in bringing the developing countries into an ever closer relationship with the richer countries. Part of that relationship, of course, is realised through the aid process, whereby resources are channelled to the poorer countries in the form of loans and grants. In the 1960s, development was seen as a matter of economic growth above all else and the health sector received little aid. Today, however, health improvement is regarded as an integral part of development.

The aid relationship is a two-way process: aid would not happen if there were not tangible potential benefits for donors as well as recipients. Donors generally describe ...

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