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Towards Universal Health Care in Emerging Economies

Opportunities and Challenges

  • Ilcheong Yi


  • Summarizes policy-relevant findings from the experience of eight emerging economies in their attempts to implement health care reform

  • Highlights the impact politics, institutions and policies have on providing universal health care

  • Provides analysis of eight selected countries at different stages of universalization in their health sectors


Part of the Social Policy in a Development Context book series (SPDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Ilcheong Yi, Elizabeth Koechlein, Armando de Negri Filho
    Pages 1-26
  3. Analyzing Common Pressures and Diverse Social Policy Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Susanne MacGregor
      Pages 61-88
  4. Moving Towards Universal Health Care: Opportunities and Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Erik Martinez Kuhonta
      Pages 91-118
    3. Prapaporn Tivayanond Mongkhonvanit, Piya Hanvoravongchai
      Pages 119-154
    4. Ana Luiza d’Ávila Viana, Hudson Pacífico da Silva, Ilcheong Yi
      Pages 181-211
    5. Stein Ringen, Kinglun Ngok
      Pages 213-237
    6. William Hsiao, Mingqiang Li, Shufang Zhang
      Pages 239-266
  5. Obstacles to Moving Towards Universal Health Care

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 405-421

About this book


This book explores how political, social, economic and institutional factors in eight emerging economies have combined to generate diverse outcomes in their move towards universal health care. Structured in three parts, the book begins by framing social policy as an integral system in its own right. The following two parts go on to discuss the opportunities and challenges of achieving universal health care in Thailand, Brazil and China, and survey the obstacles facing India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa and Venezuela in the reform of their health care systems. The evolution of social policy systems and the cases in this volume together demonstrate that universalism in health care is continuously redefined by the interactions between diverse political forces and through specific policy processes. At a time when international and national-level discourse around health systems has once again brought universalism to the fore, this edited collection offers a timely contribution to the field in its thorough analysis of health care reform in emerging economies.


Social policy Public health Universalism Health care Care delivery Emerging economies Welfare state Neoliberalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Ilcheong Yi
    • 1
  1. 1.UNRISDGenevaSwitzerland

About the editors

Ilcheong Yi is Research Coordinator at UNRISD. Born in the Republic of Korea, he was trained as both a political scientist and social policy analyst. He specializes in the issues of poverty, social policy, labour policy and historical analysis of the economic and social development process.

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