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Public Health and Private WealthStem Cells, Surrogates, and Other Strategic Bodies$
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Sarah Hodges and Mohan Rao

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463374.001.0001

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Commercialization and the Poverty of Public Health Services in India

Commercialization and the Poverty of Public Health Services in India

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Public Health and Private Wealth

Rama Baru

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the shifts in the relationship between the public and private sectors in medical care over the twentieth century and argues that the boundaries between the two are blurred. The author makes a critical distinction between privatization and commercialization, drawing attention to the fact that what is elided in discussions of privatization is how market principles and commercialization are taking place in the public sector itself. That is to say, even the public and non-profit sector can become ‘commercialized’ without getting ‘privatized’. Not only does the author claim that this commercialization is leading to the culture of unnecessary investigations and interventions, it is also leading to demoralization in the public sector.

Keywords:   India, commercialization, health care, privatization, twentieth century, public sector

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