Commerce in health services in North America within the context of the North American Free Trade Agreement

Octavio Gómez-Dantés, Julio Frenk, Carlos Cruz

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Abstract

This article discusses the future of commercial trade in personal health services in North America within the context of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the latter's potential influence on health care for the Mexican people. It begins by defining concepts related to international trade of services, particularly health services, and then proceeds to analyze elements of NAFTA that affect the delivery, regulation, and financing of such services, as well as their future trade within the NAFTA area. It concludes with some recommendations directed at helping Mexico's national health care system confront the risks posed while taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the Mexican economy's entry into a broader market.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-465
Number of pages6
JournalRevista Panamericana de Salud Publica/Pan American Journal of Public Health
Volume1
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1997

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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