Resource

Trading up for health

January 2019

Trade agreements have a profound impact on health. Important public policy areas such as health services, patents for medicines and even medical qualifications are increasingly being marketised and brought into the trade agenda. Provisions in trade deals such as those on intellectual property, public service provision, investment, border taxation and regulations and standards have both direct and indirect implications for health outcomes. These provisions can make it harder for people to access medicines and good-quality health services, and for governments to regulate to improve health outcomes or raise revenues to fund health programmes.

This briefing outlines the main risks that trade policy poses to health, and then sets out the alternatives that could help avoid these risks and ensure that trade doesn’t undermine health justice.

PDF icon Trading up for health – TJM Briefing 2019

Latest news

The state-led decline of subsistance farming in Morocco

8 July 2020 - 2:30pm

The destruction of local and subsistence agriculture by an export-led model in Morocco

Read more

Join the conversation

RT : 👀📢📡Registration is now open for 's next Organising Webinar. in conversation with Asad Re… https://t.co/ON02bacYX3 3 days 12 hours ago
The garment industry is a stark example of a ‘race to the bottom’. Brands built huge profits whilst millions of the… https://t.co/QsrTGfT7Ew 3 days 19 hours ago
RT : "If Britain is genuine about promoting human rights issues, they would in the first place stop the arms deals" says… https://t.co/852V7vM4jI 3 days 22 hours ago