The ephemerality of the public-private health boundary

run

(Bruno Nascimento, Unsplash)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Camila Assunção, a second-year medical student at Pontifical Catholic University of
Goiás, Brazil. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


The transformations of capitalism and financialization significantly affect health in many countries, especially those in the developing world. At the same time, progressive forces, in general and in health, would be in need of project articulation and updating, as society around the world is threatened by regressive policies, even though global technological advance is notorious.

The privatization of health, therefore, comes from poor investment and poor public health management, resulting in great inequality in this area.

It is undeniable that, first and foremost, national health systems are political creations. However, concepts between public and private can be treated from different perspectives and have a wide variety of social and historical meanings.

Some studies state that the private sector has more health spending than the public sector, which demonstrates the need for further studies on this topic. In addition, there is a myth that states that the quality of private service is superior to that of the private sector. public service. (1).

Gramsci, an Italian philosopher, has stated that it is very common for a particular social group, which is subordinate to another group, to adopt its conception of the world, even if it is in contradiction with its reality.

Therefore, the subordinate’s conception of the world is imposed and totally alienated, so there is a contrast between thinking and doing (2). This is health-related due to mismanagement of the systems, and then, as a for-profit resource, the government imposes a complete privatization of resources on the community regardless of the size of existing social inequality.

Finally, it is noted that the appreciation of the private sector in relation to the public is due to an inefficient debate in society about what it means to be subjected to the totally private system.

The ideas that structure privatization still need to be matured and criticized in order to establish a single and universal health system, but it is up to us. It’s time to think globally, act locally: Is improving public health one of our top concerns?

Referências

  1. B. RR. Saúde em Foco, Edição no: 08/Ano: 2016. Saúde em Foco. 2016;8:28–44.
  2. Ana Rodrigues Cavalcanti Alves. O conceito de hegemonia : de Gramsci a Laclau e Mouffe Ana Rodrigues Cavalcanti Alves. Lua Nova, São Paulo. 2010;80:71–96.

About the author

Camila Assunção is a second-year medical student at Pontifical Catholic University of
Goiás, Brazil. She is Local Officer of the IFMSA Brazil. President of the Academic
League of Oncology and Hematology of PUC-GO. She is part of the research project:
"Use of CAR-T cells in immunotherapy for the treatment of blood cancer: systematic review. She loves learning and knowing more about science, believes that training more humanized health professionals is the key to improving the quality of life in Brazil.

 

 

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Do not confuse food charity with ‘right to food’, UN expert tells Italians, labelling food system exploitative

Why #Wherearethewomen? is an $11 trillion question

COP25: Italy and Mexico pave the way on climate education

These dogs can smell tree disease – and could help save the world’s orange groves

Health should be central to the conversation around climate change

The EU Parliament blasts the Council about the tax dealings of the wealthy

Why Renewable Energy is an attractive investment

Rapid action needed for people to meet challenges of changing world of work

Deutsche Bank: the next financial crisis is here and the lenders need €150 billion from taxpayers

How cocoa farming can help stop deforestation

Human Rights breaches in Saudi Arabia, Chechnya and Zimbabwe

Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

Does the Greek deal strengthen the Eurozone? Markets react cautiously

Afghanistan: EU reinforces humanitarian support with €40 million as crisis worsens

Zuckerberg preaches that Artificial Intelligence will protect Data Privacy in Facebook whereas Verhofstadt demands the big European state to take charge

Rising landmine blast toll in Afghanistan highlights long-term care needs of survivors

Brexit: The Conservative Party drives the UK and Europe to a perilous road

3 charts that show the economics of European football

More women and girls needed in the sciences to solve world’s biggest challenges

Drought in Europe: Member States agree on support measures proposed by the Commission

Everything you need to know about the US government shutdown

State aid: Commission amends Short-term export-credit insurance Communication in light of economic impact of coronavirus outbreak

‘Historic’ moment: Palestine takes reins of UN coalition of developing countries

OECD survey reveals many people unhappy with public services and benefits

Trump systematically upsets global order and trade: Where does this end?

MEPs want robust EU cyber defence and closer ties with NATO

Google case: A turning point in competition rules enforcement

FROM THE FIELD: ‘Eco-warriors’ fight climate change in South Africa

Humanitarian Aid: EU announces €18.5 million additional package for Latin America and the Caribbean

Aid stepped up to Syria camp; new arrivals say terrorists blocked their escape

Commission presents far-reaching anti-tax evasion measures

COVID-19 is more deadly for some ethnic groups

Republic of Korea President proposes DMZ as future ‘peace and cooperation district’ on Peninsula

“Beating pollution for our planet”, a Sting Exclusive by Mr Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment

These entrepreneurs are turning discarded fishing nets into surfboards and swimwear

“We always honor our words, and in that respect we expect our partners to honor their words as well”, China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlights live from Brussels

Which countries get the most sleep – and how much do we really need?

With Libyans now ‘fighting the wars of others’ inside their own country, UN envoy urges Security Council action to end violence

“We need to accelerate our negotiation on the China-EU Investment Treaty”, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang highlights from the 21st EU-China summit in Brussels

5 of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases

Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson: who forced the two ‘brave’ Brexiteers to quit?

UN film festival encourages young people to promote peace, dialogue and empathy

UN climate summit aims to speed up transition to cleaner, greener future

Guterres lauds UN peacekeeping, highlights need to bridge ‘critical’ gaps

It’s time to disrupt Human Resources if we want talent fit for the digital age

‘Repeated attacks’ could close down key hospital in eastern Libya, says WHO

OECD joins with Argentina to fight financial crime

European Parliament the most trusted EU institution

Terrorism ‘spreading and destabilizing’ entire regions, Guterres warns States, at key Kenya conference

Norway is returning Easter Island artefacts to Chile (Will Britain ever return the marbles to Greece?)

Health privatization to blame for health inequality or poor investment in public health?

How can emerging economies navigate the mobility transition?

Employment: Commission proposes €1.6 million from Globalisation Adjustment Fund to help 400 workers made redundant in Carrefour Belgique

MEPs react to breaches of human rights in Moldova, Burundi and Somalia

What happiness can teach us about how we measure human development

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “Chinese economy has great potential, resilience and ample space for policy adjustment”, China’s Vice President Li Yuanchao reassures from Davos

Global growth is slowing amid rising trade and financial risks

SMEs and micro firms sinking together with south Eurozone

Finally an answer to the hottest question of European youth today: How to make sure Juncker’s Investment Plan works for youth

This is how the tech giants are helping tackle coronavirus

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s