Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
GOMEZ-DANTES, Octavio; FRENK, Julio and CRUZ, Carlos. Commerce in health services in North America within the context of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 1997, vol.1, n.6, pp. 460-465. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49891997000600006.
This article discusses the future of commercial trade in personal health services in North America within the context of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the latter's potential influence on health care for the Mexican people. It begins by defining concepts related to international trade of services, particularly health services, and then proceeds to analyze elements of NAFTA that affect the delivery, regulation, and financing of such services, as well as their future trade within the NAFTA area. It concludes with some recommendations directed at helping Mexico's national health care system confront the risks posed while taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the Mexican economy's entry into a broader market.