The Crisis of Capitalism and the Marketisation of Health Care

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The Crisis of Capitalism and the Marketisation of Health Care

Post by jimmylegs » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:05 am

The Crisis of Capitalism and the Marketisation of Health Care: the Implications for Public Health Professionals (2012)
full text: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4140370/

Abstract
The current economic crisis in Europe has challenged the basis of the economic model that currently prevails in much of the industrialised world. It has revealed a system that is managed not for the benefit of the people but rather for the corporations and the small elite who lead them, and which is clearly unsustainable in its present form. Yet, there is a hidden consequence of this system: an unfolding crisis in health care, driven by the greed of corporations whose profit-seeking model is also failing. Proponents of commodifying healthcare simultaneously argue that the cost of providing care for ageing populations is unaffordable while working to create demand for their health care products among those who are essentially healthy. Will healthcare be the next profit-fuelled investor bubble? In this paper, we call on health professionals to heed the warnings from the economic crisis and, rather than stand by while a crisis unfolds, act now to redirect increasingly market-oriented health systems to serve the common good.
take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!

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