Health

Since human migrations began, germs have traveled with people, animals and traded goods. In an interconnected and mobile world, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and SARS can spread rapidly. Yet international cooperation through agencies such as the World Health Organization also allows for a collective response to global health threats and faster response times. Nations have developed diverse health care systems, aiming for cost-effective treatment. Yet the diverse systems contribute to disparities in global health, including availability of technology, pharmaceutical companies targeting innovations to maximize profits, and providers abandoning areas of need for higher salaries in the West, just to name a few.

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21st century workplaces are automated and require skilled labor
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US spends lots on health care than Scandinavian nations with less-than-satisfactory outcomes
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Research review boards in emerging economies must recognize the differential range of research costs among countries and scrutinize studies involving human subjects to determine that studies offer benefits to future patients in the host country; that individual consents are informed and understood; that payment for participation in experimental treatments is reasonable, with outcomes listed in a public data base