It strikes me that the global economic meltdown is creating one of those “is the glass half full or half empty?” moments. Governments are talking up the need for public spending, investment and infrastructure development as part of efforts to kickstart economies. As Fran Baum and colleagues point out in Crikey today, it’s a critical time for those working for a more equitable distribution of health, whether within individual countries or more globally. Their ability to influence governments will depend on their ability to transform a public debate about economics into a much broader discussion. Is this likely? I’d like to believe so, but must confess that I’m probably more of a “glass half empty” type of gal on this one…

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