Will current health reforms in south and east Asia improve equity?

Rohan Jayasuriya
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.00880
Published online: 6 October 2014

To the Editor: Hipgrave and Hort review health reform initiatives in south and east Asia and draw attention to the increasing privatisation of services and the inequity created as the poor have less access.1 More importantly, countries in south and east Asia are enjoying a period of economic development that has resulted in urbanisation and lifestyle change, specifically dietary change, in both urban and rural populations. This has resulted in a nutrition transition, which is associated with the chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) “epidemic”.2 The trends are that the poor in these countries will have higher levels of risk factors for chronic NCD.3

  • Rohan Jayasuriya

  • School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


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