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The General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and international trade in health services. Impact and regulations

Driss Bakhouya ()
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Driss Bakhouya: Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Adrar, Algeria

Juridical Tribune (Tribuna Juridica), 2017, vol. 7, issue Special, 54-68

Abstract: This article is interested in studying the impact of trade agreements on the quality of health services, and the statement of the role of the Ministry of Health to protect the quality of these services. The problems that arise in this study; how the application of GATT on trade in health, and services? This article also includes the impact of international trade agreements on the issue of attracting foreign investments in the field of health, and to clarify the government's ability to maintain the health and political, and the capacity of national health products to compete with foreign products. Different research methods were used in the study, including: analysis, synthesis, deduction, induction. However, the most used method was comparative considering the specifics of the subject under studying. The study ends by mentioning that although so far only a few countries where trade in health services has a major role, trading. However, there seems to be agreement that is wide enough, with respect to health services. Furthermore, Trade liberalization - or privatization - can may lead to the development of second-degree health care system.

Keywords: GATS agreement; health services; health policy; the TRIPS agreement. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K13 K32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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