Like us at the CFD, he was somewhat taken aback by the recent Oxfam paper attacking private healthcare provision:
The Oxfam study, "Blind Optimism", challenges so-called myths about private health care in poor countries. It is a contemporary re-statement of the decades-old argument for universal health care. This ignores the fact that as post-colonial nations emerged from Africa and the Sub-continent of Asia in the early 1960s, everyone of them had embedded in their new Constitutions the provision for free, universal health care.
This removes politicians from accountability to their own citizens for the enforcement of universal health care provisions. It is replaced with a dependence on non-tax revenue from overseas governments. In the absence of fiscal support from citizens, state elites retain power by converting their governance structures to wholly owned subsidiary organizations of foreign aid agencies.