Commercialization of health
The dangers of blood as a commodity

A recent inquiry revealed that commercial blood transfusions infected 33,000 Britons with HIV and Hepatitis C, a risk that Brazil overcame with the Henfil Law and Hemobrás – risks which may return with the proposed Plasma PEC

Tens of thousands infected with Hepatitis C and HIV in UK blood contamination scandal

The results of an inquiry confirmed that around 30,000 people in the United Kingdom received Hepatitis C and HIV-infected transfusions between 1970 and 1991

Will training more doctors be enough to strengthen South Korea’s healthcare?

The recent strike by South Korean trainee doctors against the expansion of medical school quotas has highlighted the structural issues in the country’s health system

Commodification of health Europe Health activists announce European campaign against effects of commodification of health

A coalition of trade unions, health activists, and organizations launched an all-European campaign against the commercialization of health. The campaign will include decentralized discussions and actions across various EU countries and will culminate in a major protest in the week leading up to World Health Day

Combating precariousness in Brazil’s Unified Health System

Valuing health workers in Brazilian public health means strengthening the health system. Social movements are rallying behind the agenda of a guaranteed career path in the Unified Health System (SUS), demanding that the government does the same

Hospital reform in Germany: revolution, reform, or label redesign? 

As lawmakers in Germany undertake hospital reform, health workers’ associations and others warn that it fails to address impact of commercialization of health

Long-term care Investors in long-term care profit as aged and disabled residents and workers bear brunt of COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, long-term care facilities were hit particularly hard as both residents and workers suffered high infection and mortality rates. A number of reports indicate that such an outcome is linked to widespread privatization