Key messages in Health Systems webcast
The nature of care:
The care you get does not depend on the price you can pay – Health as a right.
Health care is an area of market failure..
Healthcare an act of solidarity. Healthcare is given and received because people care. Not because it can generate a profit
The patient has dignity and autonomy
The nature of health and health care:
The social determinants of health are acknowledged and acted upon.
Primary health care is an approach- has emphasis on prevention and promotion, but also makes curative care more accessible and friendly, It means close to people, is comprehensive, allows access to secondary and tertiary care
The provider too has dignity and is happy doing what she/he does.
Relations of production: The relationship between worker, owner, community; solidarity with community;
community as co-producers of health.
The nature of governments:
Governments undertake it, because its their prime purpose, that’s what development is for- not because of its impact on growth or other immediate utilitarian objectives.
The readiness to spend on health and the institutional capacity of governments to deliver health depends a lot on ideology- how it sees the role of the governments, markets, and rights. How this informs government priorities
Inequity is a prime concern of governments. Affirmative action is undertaken to reach most marginalized sections.
Care, especially health care is a major source of employment and a force for equity in a government where full employment is a goal.