The Critical Anthropology for Global Health working group on Global Health Insurance Reform is happy to announce that a preliminary SMA "Takes a Stand" statement on health insurance reform is now publicly available for comment on the SMA website.
The statement's primary focus is analyzing health insurance reform in the US through the lessons learned from transformations of health care systems worldwide. We situate this analysis within the context of broader theoretical questions about recent neoliberal changes in both health care and the state, and about the social contract in general.
In the spirit of making this initiative a true dialogue, the statement was built upon many of the points made in mini-statements contributed over the last several months by those with regional and topical expertise and in AAA papers from a recent double-panel on this topic. To that end, the statement links directly to the mini-statements that have been contributed.
The statement--and the mini-statements--are available at: http://www.medanthro.net/stand/index.html
This is just the first step of the process. We encourage members of the anthropology community to engage in the ‘Takes a Stand” process and the current statement. Please read the statement and leave comments by clicking on the "Leave Comments/Feedback" link in the upper left-hand corner of the webpage. We look forward to your comments, ideas, and suggestions. And please forward the link to your networks, collaborators, and working groups on health reform.
If you'd like to become involved in the other byproducts of the initiative--the mini-statements, the handbook on case studies in health reform, or the bibliography--there is information about each and contacts at the end of the statement.
Jennifer Jo Thompson
(For the CAGH working group on Global Health Insurance Reform)