The pandemic and the strong government’s comeback

Over the past year, the Covid-19 pandemic has confronted countries all over the world with their health systems problems, which are largely caused by decentralised governments, austerity measures and the introduction of market forces in health care. But the crisis therefore offers opportunities for a comeback of the concept of a strong government with a guiding role. Vice Versa, a Dutch magazine on international cooperation and development, spoke about this topic with (among others) Wemos’ director Mariëlle Bemelmans for their upcoming (Dutch) Election Special 2021. “Weak governments have not done health care any good. Corona exposed the problems in the health system, but they existed well before the pandemic.”

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Photo: ‘COVID-19 testing (Madagascar – Tests (9))’ by World Bank Photo Collection via Flickr Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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