Politics, Economics, and Health

  • Dula F. Pacquiao


Capitalism has contributed to improvements in people’s lives by supporting the growth and availability of scientific advancements in education, research, and technology. It has spurred the growth of urban metropoles and infrastructure, rapid transfer of goods and services, more efficient global connectedness, and innovative conveniences for humans. Advances in diagnostic and treatment technology, pharmacotherapeutics, and genetics are some of the progress supported by capitalism. However, there is an inherent conflict between capitalism that values social inequality and the rights of citizenship upholding equality. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights specified three types of citizenship rights: civil, political and social; the right to health or the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being is an important social right. The implementation of the right to health as a right of citizenship creates the tension between two opposing values (social inequality vs. equity). The focus of this chapter is on the critical influence of capitalism, globalization, and politics in the development of the healthcare infrastructure, health inequity, and the struggle to achieve the right to health by world citizens.


Political economy Citizenship rights Healthcare infrastructure Global trade Social welfare 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dula F. Pacquiao
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of NursingUniversity of Hawaii at HiloHiloUSA
  2. 2.School of NursingRutgers UniversityNewarkUSA

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