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.

Our current Transnational Provisioning (TNP) project aims to improve understanding of how transnational engagements between wealthy countries and emerging economies are contributing to commercialisation of global healthcare, and their domestic implications. We seek to address this issue through a detailed study of contemporary attempts by public and private actors to position the UK (and particularly the English) healthcare system to take advantage of healthcare market opportunities in India and China. The project is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council.


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