||Health programmes and new directions in social and
||BULL IUAT 1974, 49, 50-56.
The changes in the place of health programmes in
the international development process, over time, has meant that
the role of health has come full circle, today. The paper describes
this changing role of health, from the classic imperative of the
medical practitioner to heal the sick and comfort the afflicted
through a period when the justification for spending money on health
programmes had to be sought in their contribution to economic development
to the current period, in the 70s, when once again, health
programmes can be justified without recourse to economic arguments.
To support this view, several figures, presenting data on the comparative
savings from BCG and standard TB treatment in Burma (in the 60s)
and the prevalence of TB in the Indian labour force (in the early
60s) are illustrated to show how they might convince development
economists to provide money for the TB health programme.
|KEYWORDS: HEALTH SERVICES; SOCIAL COST; HEALTH CARE;