Title: A new framework for sustainable development in US healthcare sector: the case of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Medicaid project

Authors: Pablo Rhi-Perez, Sara Hsu, Mostafa Malki

Addresses: University of Texas at Brownsville, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas 78520, USA. ' IC² Institute, University of Texas at Austin, 2815 San Gabriel St, Austin, Texas 78705, USA. ' University of Texas at Brownsville, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas 78520, USA

Abstract: This paper discusses on the outcome of a large urban renewal planning project in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, a US developing region. The proposed outcome to increase demand for medical services by extending Medicaid enrolment was arrived at through a sustainable development framework, which combines theory and methodology originating in Michael Porter|s work on competition with that stemming from United Nations work on human and environmental development. This new methodology can be transplanted to additional locations and may provide a more viable solution to sustainable development policy formation than those provided by those by the World Bank and other institutions.

Keywords: sustainable development; healthcare economics; US Medicare; US Medicaid; human development; environmental development; Michael Porter; competition; cluster theory; healthcare sustainability; urban renewal; urban planning; USA; United States; medical services; policy formation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTGM.2011.041761

International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, 2011 Vol.4 No.3, pp.261 - 278

Published online: 08 Apr 2015 *

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