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IDS working papers;334

Who are ‘informal health providers’ and what do they do? : perspectives from medical anthropology

Published on 1 January 2009

This paper explores gaps and limitations in the conceptualisation, methodology
and policy implications of debates about informal health care providers by
examining a cross section of empirical studies. Drawing on a tradition of critical
medical anthropology, we argue that existing debates hinge on a particular
understanding of what constitutes appropriate knowledge and on particular
expectations of how economic actors in the medical marketplace will behave.
Keywords: informal providers; markets; medicine vendors; access; quality;
expertise.

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IDS
language
English

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