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Health-related Services in Multilateral and Preferential Trade Arrangements in Asia and the Pacific


  • Mia Mikic

    () (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)


In many developing countries, the health-care sector is under-developed, lacking basic infrastructure and human capital, and attracting little attention from investors and policymakers. While encouraging globalization and trade may aggravate those problems and create additional costs in some circumstances, trade liberalization and deeper integration into the global economy could also provide opportunities and resources to address those problems more effectively. This paper contributes to the debate by reporting on the status of liberalization achieved in the health services sector by members of ESCAP through their regional and multilateral trade liberalization commitments.

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  • Mia Mikic, 2007. "Health-related Services in Multilateral and Preferential Trade Arrangements in Asia and the Pacific," Working Papers 3007, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..
  • Handle: RePEc:esc:wpaper:3007

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    2. Fahmida Khatun & Mazbahul Ahamad, 2015. "Liberalising trade in health services: constraints and prospects for South Asian countries," International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 30(1), pages 57-70, January.
    3. Adlung, Rudolf, 2009. "Trade in healthcare and health insurance services: The GATS as a supporting actor (?)," WTO Staff Working Papers ERSD-2009-15, World Trade Organization (WTO), Economic Research and Statistics Division.

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    Health services trade; GATS; TRIPS; Preferential Trade Aggreeemetns; Modes of Services Delivery; ASEAN;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other

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