Public vs private: Developing accessible health systems (2009)

There are two types of health systems in the world, public and privatised, though in practice virtually all national systems are some form of hybrid. Nevertheless, these two opposing models drive much of the dynamics of health systems. The best health outcomes (i.e. low preventible disease and low critical mortality rates) come from those countries which have (i) publicly funded and well coordinated systems Continue reading “Public vs private: Developing accessible health systems (2009)”

The structuring of health systems and the control of infectious disease: Looking at Mexico and Cuba (2006)

This paper considers the implications that distinct organising principles for health systems have for the control of infectious diseases. The paper takes the health systems in Mexico and Cuba as examples of neighbouring but widely divergent systems, producing different public health outcomes. The paper will look at the dissimilar organising principles of these two systems, along with their programs and outcomes in relation to five of the most important and dangerous infectious diseases. Continue reading “The structuring of health systems and the control of infectious disease: Looking at Mexico and Cuba (2006)”