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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.

Privatisation within the Health Sector
Privatisation within the health sector
Privatisation: A Global Trend

The last two decades have seen major changes in the overall approach to health care delivery around the world, and to the assumptions upon which service development is based. In 1978, the constituent nations of the World Health Organization gathered together in Alma Ata in the then Soviet Union, and agreed the text of the Alma Ata Declaration on primary health care, a document that has been the touchstone for international health strategies ever since. The Alma Ata Declaration (WHO, 1978: Section V) states: ‘Governments have a responsibility for the health of their people which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures.’ At the time such provision ...

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