Although it is now widely accepted that markets and their underlying institutions are the best way to organise economic relations between people, certain fields of human activity have remained stubbornly resistant to such thinking.
The provision of healthcare, for example, is hindered throughout the world by the belief that governments should take the driving seat. As a result, the patients in developing countries have to endure decrepit state-run healthcare systems, while the UN and its agencies promote all kinds of failing centrally-planned initiatives to combat diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. All this is lavishly funded by taxpayers in richer countries, whose money often doesn’t make it past the personal bank accounts of corrupt officials in ministries of health.
In order to help shift the global health consensus towards something more practical, the Campaign for Fighting Diseases have started a blog – www.fighitngdiseases.org/blog. It promises to be well worth reading.