Excessive expenditure of income on treatments in developing countries

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6966.1441 (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1441
  1. Therese Hesketh,
  2. Zhu Wei Xing
  1. Lecturer, Department of Public Health Medicine, St Thomas's Hospital, United Medical and Dental Schools, London SE1 7EH.
  2. Project manager, Health Unlimited, London SE1 9NT.

    EDITOR,—R J Hay and colleagues draw attention to an important issue for many developing countries—namely, excessive expenditure of limited disposable income on ineffective treatments.1 Whereas in Mexico pharmacists, private doctors, and traditional healers seem to be most to blame,1 in China the problem permeates the entire health care system.

    The introduction of a market based economy into the health care system in China since the early 1980s has meant that …

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