International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Trade in Health Services in the BIMSTEC Region: An Overview
Amit Bikram Chowdhury, Dr. Partha Bhattacharjee

The health care sector is among the most rapidly growing sectors in the world economy. The globalization of health services is reflected in the growing cross-border delivery of health services, through movement of personnel and consumers (by electronic and other means), and in an increasing number of joint ventures and collaborative arrangements. Promoting quality health services to large population segments is a key ingredient to human and economic development. At its core, healthcare policymaking involves complex trade-offs between promoting equitable and affordable access to a basic set of health services, creating incentives for efficiencies in the healthcare system and managing constraints in government budgets. In this context this paper offers an overview of trade in health services in the BIMSTEC ( Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) region.

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