Resolution to launch campaign against the commodification of health and health workers

Resolution calling the ILPS to launch campaign against the commodification of health and of the health workers, equal rights for migrant health workers and support health workers who are victims of exploitation and repression

Whereas, the IMF/WB in mid 1980s, urges the developed and developing countries to invest in health through a policy paper entitled “Investment in Health” calling for intensified private sector participation in the delivery of health services.

Whereas, “investment in health” leads to the deregulation and privatization in the health care delivery system of many countries affecting negatively the wages, rights and privileges of health workers and the health of the people.

Whereas, the WTO through GATS Mode 4 and TRIPS further leads to the commodification of health and the health workers resulting to deterioration of public services due to decreasing health budget, high cost of drugs and medicines the exploitation of labor. GATS Mode 4 enables the state and imperialist capitalists to give temporary movement of individual service providers (including health professionals/workers) a status similar to the movement of goods and capital on the premise of finding more profits to capital through cheap labor usually sourced from developing countries.

Whereas this sanctioned trade of human beings has created a global bondage of contract system of labor (including health workers) which is intensely exploitative with punitive controls by employers and state.

Whereas the ageing population and the punitive controls leads to domestic undersupply of health professionals/workers in developed imperialist countries thus creating more demands for migrant workers from the developing countries.

Whereas, the migrant health workers were afforded less compensation, benefits, rights and privileges by the receiving imperialist countries while the sending countries suffers from the loss of experienced health professionals/workers further aggravating the already precarious state of health care delivery system in these countries.

Now therefore, resolved that the ILPS launch campaign against the commodification of health and the health workers, equal rights for migrant health workers, expose the ill effects of neoliberal policies to the health of the people and support migrants workers who are victims of exploitation and repression such the Sentosa 27++ in New York, USA.

Drafted by: Jossel I. Ebesate, RN
Alliance of Health Workers, Philippines

Adopted/Approved: June 19, 2008
ILPS Study Commission Concern #16

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