Guest Editors: Stephen Tanner and Shawn Burns
From Indian Journal of Gender Studies
This special issue explores how commercialisation of health care impacts women’s life in multiple ways, that is, in terms of general health, access, affordability and utilisation. In the commercialisation process, women also participate as workers (Sjfrup, 1997, cited in Petchesky, 2003) and there is a need to explore this aspect too within the public and private health sectors. The question is: does it facilitate better access to women and address women’s health needs or does it create larger impediments for accessing care by increasing costs? Are women working in the health sector employed in large numbers only in the lowest positions? Are they mainly in contractual jobs with limited or no job security? How has commercialisation of reproduction significantly changed women’s life, particularly in terms of the nature of the assisted reproductive technology (ART) market, women’s invisible labour within it and who accesses ART services? The necessary knowledge and evidence base around many of these issues is either insufficient or not easily available. This volume endeavours to address the gap through articles that look at multiple forms of commercialisation of health care and how they shape, in particular, women’s lives.
Indian Journal of Gender Studies February 2016 23: 1-7, doi:10.1177/0971521515612888