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Universal health care in Southern Africa : policy contestation in health system reform in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Author: Greg Ruiters; Robert Van Niekerk
Publisher: Scottsville, South Africa : University of Kwazulu-Natal Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The growth in private health care for the middle classes has resulted in deeply segregated and unequal health care, with poor people being relegated to under-resourced and unresponsive public systems, and wealthy minorities receiving world-class treatment at very high prices. This book examines the scope for health care reform in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Both countries are undergoing significant attempts at  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Greg Ruiters; Robert Van Niekerk
ISBN: 9781869142360 1869142365
OCLC Number: 810999787
Description: xii, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Inequality and health systems in context / Greg Ruiters and Robert van Niekerk --
Competing policy choices and the debate on national health insurance in South Africa / Greg Ruiters [and others] --
The historical roots of a national health system in South Africa / Robert van Niekerk --
Health policy reform in the last days of apartheid and the dilemmas facing the ANC / Robert van Niekerk --
Public and private health care in southern Africa / Greg Ruiters --
The growth of private health care in Zimbabwe up to 2008 / Elijah Munyuki and Shorai Jasi --
Medical aid societies and equity in Zimbabwe, 2008-11 / Shepherd Shamu [and others] --
The growth of the private health sector in South Africa up to 2007 / Yoswa M. Dambisya and Sehlapelo I. Mokgoatsane --
The political economy of the health industry and the private health funding crisis / Di McIntyre --
Proposals and prospects for national health insurance in South Africa / Di McIntyre --
Lessons from international experience for national health insurance in South Africa / Di McIntyre --
Towards universal health coverage in southern Africa / Greg Ruiters [and others].
Responsibility: edited by Greg Ruiters and Robert van Niekerk.

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