Monday’s groundbreaking of a new private hospital, to be built in Downtown Rangoon–at a cost of $70 million USD–has generated visceral outcry among Burma’s medical community.
Working in the American health care sector has intensified my fascination with the health care landscape, the complex interplays between patient and provider, government and business sector, and the competing motivators of money versus care.
And the bottom line is that the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and populations is at stake. Yet most people overlook what underpins these medical transactions: insurance policies and legislation.
So the Finance Ministry’s announcement that health insurance is coming to Burma let me feeling like this was a bit premature.