The global healthcare economy

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Hospitals and insurers are important sites of production for domestic economies. They are large employers and their commercial activities provide significant tax revenue. The potential for lucrative revenue generation has led some countries to actively promote global trade in healthcare services as an economic strategy.

This research analyses the global healthcare economy and its constituent markets. We consider the role of social change in shaping the interaction between economic development and healthcare, in particular the role of communication, mobility, and cross-cultural interactions in the enactment of global healthcare markets.


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