The Importance of Political Will on the Formation and Implementation of Health Programs in Underdeveloped Countries: The Case of Mexico

Stebbins, Kenyon Rainier
November 1986
Humanity & Society;Nov86, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p410
Academic Journal
This article argues that underdeveloped countries with dependent capitalist, political and economic orientations are much less likely to implement meaningful programs to improve the health of the poor than are underdeveloped countries with socialist, political and economic orientations. Human health problems are widely acknowledged to be among the most serious concerns facing underdeveloped countries today. Health and disease in these countries are disproportionately experienced by the poorest segment of the population, while the wealthier classes enjoy comparatively favorable health status. These health problems concern all classes in an underdeveloped country, but it is the poorest who actually experience them. This article suggests that a country's response to its health problems is closely associated with the economic orientation and political will of the most powerful sectors of the society. Health programs in underdeveloped countries reflect the distribution of economic and political control of valued resources within the society.


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