The Commodification of Health Care

Lown, B.
Submitted: January, 2007

Underlying the breakdown of the health care system is a far deeper phenomenon – the onrushing marketization of all human transactions. The over all impact is to denature fundamental human values and tear apart the ties that nurture communal life. Yet no such profound developments are without opportunities to mobilize people on the basis of their most intimate undermined self-interest. What is happening within the medical system affords a profound education for the public on a much wider issue; the fundamental flaws of a market-driven consumer society.

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