Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781780320595 Published April 2012 For sale in North and South America only
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The Health of Nations

Towards a New Political Economy

Gavin Mooney

The Health of Nations

Gavin Mooney

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224 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2012  
Paper $31.95 ISBN: 9781780320595 Published April 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781780320601 Published April 2012 For sale in North and South America only
Why, despite vast resources being expended on health and health care, is there still so much ill health and premature death? Why do massive inequalities in health, both within and between countries, remain? In this devastating critique, internationally renowned health economist Gavin Mooney places the responsibility for these problems firmly at the door of neoliberalism.

The Health of Nations analyses how power is exercised both in health-care systems and in society more generally. In doing so, it reveals how too many vested interests hinder efficient and equitable policies to promote healthy populations, while too little is done to address the social determinants of health. Instead, Mooney argues, health services and health policy more generally should be returned to the communities they serve. 

Taking in a broad range of international case studies - from the UK to the US, South Africa to Cuba - this provocative book places issues of power and politics in health care systems centre stage, making a compelling case for the need to re-evaluate how we approach health care globally.
Contents
PART I - Introduction
Introduction: neoliberalism kills

PARTII - Why are things so bad?
1. Why has the economics of health care policy gone wrong?
2. Why have broader policies affecting health been inadequate ?
3. The malaise of neoliberalism in health, health care and health economics
4. Neoliberalism, the global institutions and health

PART III - Case studies
5. The US: the fear of ‘socialised’ health care
6. The UK National Health Service and the market
7. South Africa, neoliberalism and HIV/AIDS
8. Australia and victim blaming
9. Local community versus corporation
10. The pharmaceutical industry
11. Neoliberalism and global warming

PART IV - Solutions
12. The solutions in theory: communitarian claims
13. The solutions in health care
14. The solutions in society more generally

PART V - How things might get better
15. Kerala: community participation
16. Cuban health care and social determinants of health: just too good for the US?
17. Venezuela: power to the community

PART VI - Conclusion
Conclusion: can we change?
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