April 22, 2011

WHEN MEDICINE BECAME A GOOD INSTEAD OF A NECESSITY:

Patients Are Not Consumers (PAUL KRUGMAN, 4/21/11, NY Times)

Here’s my question: How did it become normal, or for that matter even acceptable, to refer to medical patients as “consumers”? The relationship between patient and doctor used to be considered something special, almost sacred. Now politicians and supposed reformers talk about the act of receiving care as if it were no different from a commercial transaction, like buying a car — and their only complaint is that it isn’t commercial enough.

Except that most people need the car they purchase themselves. Rather few need the "care" that someone else buys for them. Your relationship with the salesman at the dealership is more personal (and professional) than your interaction with the medical system.


Posted by at April 22, 2011 6:24 AM
  

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