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BANGLADESH-Chakma Autonomy

the state sector. This position has been supported by the state, which had not until recently even acknowledged in its health policy and programmes the existence of a vital and growing private sector in health. As this dichotomy became increasingly untenable, the state has come under pressure to address the problems in the private health care sector such as, for instance, the lack of uniform quality of care, lack of legislation and institutions for monitoring care, etc. And given that professional bodies, such as the IMA. unlike similar bodies in the west, had neglected tackling these problems, the state had to willy-nilly step in. Simultaneously, the now 'uncovered1 and acknowledged private sector has been coming into its own, finding great impetus for expansion. The IMA, not surprisingly, has found its voice again.

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