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    Whose public, whose goods? Generations of patients and visions of fairness in Ghanaian health

    Bannister, David (2023) Whose public, whose goods? Generations of patients and visions of fairness in Ghanaian health. Social Science & Medicine 319 (115393), ISSN 0277-9536.

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    Since Ghana's independence in 1957, the country has seen an ebb and flow of reforms intended to expand and fund state healthcare, informed by diverse notions of affordability and adequate provision. Cycles of attempted health reforms have emerged from disparate political and economic ideologies, themselves a product of broader global histories and specific national experiences. Based on group interviews with people across most administrative regions of Ghana, this paper examines how the formative historical experiences of different generations gives rise to a multiplicity of understandings of what constitutes a ‘fair’ distribution of national health resources. It discusses the forms and contents of arguments that people of different ages raised in both rural and urban settings in the course of the study - with particular reference to the operation of Ghana's current National Health Insurance Scheme, and in light of their perceptions of the justice or injustice of present day healthcare in relation to earlier periods.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: David Bannister
    Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2023 06:26
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:20


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