Globalization & Health: The Social Dimension • 73 The Social Dimension of Globalization and Health A BOUBAKR A. B ADAWI * A BSTRACT Contrary to the hopes created by globalization, most ob- servers report a substantial degradation of living standards, so- cial protection, and basic social services, such as education, employment and health. This paper discusses the social dimen- sions of globalization with special focus on its impact on health services. Six main issues are addressed, namely, commercial exploitation of health plants, monopoly of health commodities, new food hazards, unfair implementation of intellectual prop- erty rights, marketing of tobacco and similar health threatening items, and the brain drain from developing countries. Specific recommended actions are presented, aiming for globalization that is more favorable to the poor. The Social Dimension of Globalization and Health For more than a decade, the world has been witness to unprecedented and rapid economic and political changes. The pace of change is so fast that many are unable to follow it or to assess its impact on their lives. Different names are given to this era, reflecting one aspect or the other of its main features. Globalization is one of these features, but it
Perspectives on Global Development and Technology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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