Globalization and the challenges to health systems

Julio Frenk, Octavio Gómez-Dantés

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The shift of human affairs from the nation-state to the vast theater of planet Earth is changing the nature of health challenges. In addition to their own domestic problems, all countries must now deal with the international transfer of risks. These new challenges are demanding novel forms of international cooperation, which, if developed, may also help to reconcile general national self-interest with international mutual interest. This paper discusses the possibility of using health as an instrument of foreign policy and of developing new forms of cooperation around three key elements: exchange of experiences around common problems, evidence on alternatives, and empathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-165
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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