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Health: Privatised care more placebo than panacea

by Marina Litvinsky

WASHINGTON – Rich countries and the World Bank should stop pushing privatized health care in poor countries, Oxfam International said Wednesday.

Oxfam aid is given out to villagers some 250 kilometers from the Zimbabwean capital Harare. The international aid agency Oxfam urged the World Bank and rich nations Thursday to stop “wasting” donations and possibly risking lives by backing unproven private healthcare programs in poor countries (AFP/Desmond Kwande)

The new report by the development charity, Blind Optimism: Challenging the myths about private health care in poor countries,” provides considerable evidence of the poor performance of private sector-led health care initiatives globally, which the World Bank and donor countries have advocated for years.

“Donors’ romantic views of private sector health providers are completely divorced from the facts,” said Anna Marriott, author of the 52-page report. “The Bank and other donors need to put their blind optimism about the market behind them. Universal health care is only achievable with government intervention to provide services.”

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Source: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/02/11-7


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