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The Lancet launches free, open-access online global health journal

Highlighted in the first Lancet Global Health is a commentary by Richard Feachem and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco that poses the question Malaria eradication: Is it possible? Is it worth it? Should we do it? I expected a critical analysis of the pros and cons. But Feachem and his colleagues, who are financially supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the leading voice favoring eradication) and do malaria research, simply made the case for their benefactor’s position and more funding of their work.

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Outsourcing health care: The global growth of medical tourism

In some respects, the growth of the medical tourism industry relies on the failures of domestic health systems. “Medical tourists” travel from the US to Central and South America for affordable treatments, from the UK to India for shorter waits, from Nigeria to Europe for decent quality services.

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