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POLITICAL ECONOMY AND HISTORY: MAKING SENSE OF HEALTH FINANCING IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

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Correspondence to: Hyacinth Ichoku, Economics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria

E-mail: hichoku@yahoo.com

Abstract

This paper demonstrates that fundamental to lack of progress towards universal coverage in sub-Saharan Africa is an elitist post-colonial political economy that dominates the social organisation in the sub-region. Too often, it seems that analyses of these issues ignore history and take no or little account of these post-colonial influences that today still have a bearing on policy in various sectors, especially in health care. We conclude that the achievement of this objective has to be a long-term process but one that cannot forget history. Various influences are, however, already moving societies in the right direction. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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