21st-century capitalism: structural challenges for universal health care

Susan Sell

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    The structural perspective outlined here sheds light on some of the fundamental challenges involved in achieving Universal Health Care (UHC) in this twenty-first-century era of trade and financialized capitalism. This commentary explores connections between the structure of twenty-first-century capitalism and challenges to achieving UHC, discussing three features of today's capitalism: financialized capitalism; trade, intangibles and global value chains; and inequality (as exacerbated by the first two features). The final section discusses the various opportunities for reform to facilitate UHC - from tinkering with the status quo, to deeper regulatory reform and fundamental structural change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    JournalGlobalization and Health
    Issue number76
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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