Trade in Health Services and Sustainable Development

by Rupa Chanda
Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) Working Paper Series No. 668, February 2017

31 pp. 1.0 MB

Effective health services form the backbone of health interventions. Accessibility, quality, capacity, organization, availability of human and physical resources, and equity in the provision of health services are essential for a healthcare system to deliver desired outcomes. The authors focus on the impact of health services trade on the realization of sustainable development goals and the various modalities through which this may occur. They highlight the positive and negative implications of health services trade for sustainable development goals and the fact that this impact depends on the specifics of the country and its national healthcare system, the regulatory environment governing the health sector and related sectors, the policies adopted to facilitate or constrain this trade, and the associated externalities.

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