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World Trade Organisation : implications for health policy

April 2000

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is set to become one of the most important influences on international health today. This briefing examines three areas where its impact on health policy is being felt: public health regulations and international standard-setting; the implication of tighter intellectual property rights; and the increasing potential for trade in health services, and how this may affect the ability of countries to run cost-effective and equitable health systems. The briefing warns that WTO agreements hold vast implications for policy-makers and others involved in health debated in both developed and developing nations


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