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Medical Missionaries--The case of Mexico

Linda Nyquist describes how visiting benevolent doctors in Mexico stimulate healthy demands by the local population for better service:

"Missionary surgeons offer very specialized care, such as surgery and cleft palate repair. This offers no competition whatsoever to the local practitioners, and the population served quickly realizes that its basic needs cannot and will not be met by the once-per-year team. An additional incentive to see the local practitioners and try to stay healthy is that the surgical teams who come through cannot accept patients who are ill with infections, etc."

Ronald Hilton - 9/06/00