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Inequalities in Access to Health Care in Developing Countries: What Should Be Done?

Davidson Gwatkin, March 21, 2001.

The seminar began by focusing on reaching the poor effectively with basic health services which would require a much more focused approach and much more fundamental reforms in health service delivery strategies than found in current poverty-oriented health plans. Gwatkin indicated his intent to develop this message in three stages: by presenting data that suggest most interventions currently being undertaken in order to assist the poor are instead benefiting primarily the better off; by noting enough examples of interventions that do reach the poor effectively to indicate that the challenges which hamper most programs oriented toward the disadvantaged are not insurmountable; by assessing how adequately the major poverty-oriented health strategies currently being put forward are likely to reach their intended beneficiaries.

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