Choice

How we spend our money

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7249.0/a (Published 10 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:a

What links gambling, negligence claims, and spending on HIV drugs in South Africa (apart, of course, from their appearance in this week's BMJ)? Well, possibly the idea that there are better ways to spend the money.

To take the most controversial first, Karen Zwi et al argue in their opening editorial that the recent reduction in the price of antiretroviral drugs for HIV in developing countries is only of secondary importance for managing HIV in South Africa (p 1551). Drugs for preventing mother to child transmission are cost …

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