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Dying For Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor [Paperback]

Jim Yong , Joyce V Millen
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By Regnal
If the poor were to benefit from neoliberal policies, Dying for Growth argues, Mexico should provide an exemplary case. With constant encouragement from the United States, Mexico has aggressively implemented neoliberal policies for more than 20 years. The maquiladora sector of the economy, industrial plants owned by transnational corporations (TNCs) manufacturing products to export primarily to the United States, has grown quickly since the implementation of NAFTA, but this has been at the expense of other sectors of the economy. Competition with TNCs has undermined 30 000 small businesses and millions of subsistence farmers. Millions of permanently displaced peasants have made their way to urban shantytowns or tried to immigrate to the United States.
Read what does it mean to privatize health care system and industry in many countries around the world.
Learn how rich get richer and poor get poorer virtually everywhere, including USA and other developed nations.
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If you are not sure what is the answer - get this very interesting and disturbing research/analysis coming from Institute for Health and Social Justice.
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This book provides a very thorough examination of how unequal patterns of growth and social inequality on a global scale have resulted in dire consequences for those many unfortunate who cannot afford health care. Many individuals, especially those residing in the United States, are already aware of the growing costs of health care. But imagine what it is like to live in a developing country where medical care is rudimentary at best and you're at the mercy of industrial pollution from the nearby TNC factory?
Using health as an indicator of social inequality, the authors examine the connections between poverty and illness. Aggregate statistics depicting the health status on a global scale are improving is debunked. Rather, there is an uneven distribution of health improvements: the wealthy have access to comprehensive medical care while the poor are dying from preventable diseases. Access to resources is restricted, even in the midst of technological advancements in medicine. The goal of this book is to examine how international organizations such as the World Bank, IMF, and WTO along with TNCs influence political and economic structures of nations which in turn affect the accessibility , cost, and quality of health care provided (if any). The central question raised concerns what pattern of growth will benefit those in need the most? How can we redistribute global resources from the powerful few to the many of the world's poor?
There is no doubt that the subject matter of this book is very extensive and the book itself is pretty thick, but reading this book will enable one to gain a better understanding of how recent trends in globalization have had devasting effects on the world's population. The authors provide good case studies that illustrate their main arguments. This book continues to serve as a vital reference source for my studies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not All That July 14 2000
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Contrary to the opinions of the previous reviewer, I found this book unhelpful in its analysis of the relationship between globalization and poverty. None of the editors has any economics credentials, which shows throughout in spotty analysis and the itch to leap to conclusions. The book glosses over the ways that free trade have helped lift much of SE Asia out of poverty, and instead indicts the "sweatshops" that have sprung up (as though these countries were thriving with economic opportunity before the fact). A subtle theme that is nonetheless evident in some of the articles is the pervasiveness of some sort of conspiracy by the rich and powerful: the World Bank, Transnationals, and Investors. The informed reader will find this approach in fact IS "the usual liberal rant." To be fair, these essays are at times descriptively informative, nonetheless the quasi-protectionist views that come out are ill-conceived and not borne out of any nuanced understanding of economics.
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