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22/04/16

Paper: Free trade and health, a pandemic relation

As a major determinant of domestic policy, we analyse in this paper the nature of global trade rules in order to explore its impact on health. This will allow us to address the following crucial question: can societal problems be truly tackled without addressing global trade rules?
Instead of advocating for more public control on the accessibility of health care, the EU supports outsourcing policies of governments in the South by negotiating trade agreements that aim to further open access of private investments in public services

This paper explores the impact of free trade on health. Health is influenced by a broad range of factors, called the social determinants of health. The current rules for trade, set mainly by the WTO, have a negative impact on these determinants by promoting trade and service liberation and weakening the ability of public administrations to set protective measures.

This paper explores the differences between commercial actors and a not-for-profit system. We analyse the trade policy as set by the world Trade Organisation and the position of the European Union. Which power relations set up global trade policy? What is its impact on acces to health care, affordable medicin, and sufficient health workers? And how do trade agreements such as TTIP and TISA fit in the story?

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