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The Future of healthcare in Africa
British Medical Journal, 7-2-05

This is an all-too predictable leading article from the increasingly leftist British Medical Journal that, on the eve of the G8 Summit, calls for more overseas aid in order to improve the health of the poor:

Sustainable financing from national budgets and real increases in overseas development assistance to Africa are critical if the continent is to join the rest of the world in improving global health and continuing the marked fall in mortality among children since 1960 seen elsewhere.

This spurious logic draws on the work of Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa, which argues that greater investment in health – partly financed by donor nations – is one of the best ways of pulling Africa out of poverty. This is a bogus argument. Notwithstanding the fact that aid is very frequently counterproductive, the best way to achieve self-sustaining healthcare systems is through the creation of wealth. This wealth will not come through foreign aid, but through the institutions of the free society, such as strong property rights, free markets, and the rule of law. If Africa is able to generate its own wealth, good health will follow.

The British Medical Association makes similar dubious demands for more aid here:

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