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How do countries deal with the above healthiness coverage targets and reply to present demanding situations? As those 4 circumstances (United States, Germany, Canada, and South Africa) show, the reply lies within the underlying politics of health and wellbeing coverage at work.

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Among health care providers, interest groups representing doctors and hospitals are key actors, but there are also groups that represent allied health professions. In addition, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers are powerful interests. The configuration of interests on the payer side depends on how health care is paid for. In health care systems financed by general revenues, private insurers play a marginal role, offering extras or supplemental services alongside the dominant government plan.

The Legacies of Imperialism Development experts, politicians, and pundits vigorously debate the causes of and solutions to poverty in the developing world. But the basic divide is clear. On one side are those who point to poor governance and weak political leadership in these countries following their independence from colonial rule. 44 In a complex world, one can find truth in both accounts and both must be considered. Certainly, to omit the effects of history is to deny reality and prevent a fuller understanding of current conditions facing the different nations of the Global South.

65 NGOs have become major actors in global health. Their sheer numbers have grown exponentially. 66 NGOs give organized expression to civil society in the health policies at international, national, and local levels of developing nations. NGOs engage in humanitarian work on the ground and seek to work with and strengthen civil society in developing countries or finance the work of such organizations. Some of the betterknown organizations, such as Doctors without Borders, Oxfam, and the Red Cross, are headquartered in the West but operate worldwide.

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