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Capitalism Is Choking Professionalism in Medicine: Medscape’s take on “Health Care Under the Knife”


Health Care Under the Knife: Moving Beyond Capitalism for Our Health
336 pp, $27 pbk, ISBN 978-1-58367-674-5
By Howard Waitzkin and the Working Group on Health Beyond Capitalism

Op-ed in Medscape by George D. Lundberg, MD

“…This book contains the best description I have seen of the origin and meaning of the term ‘medical-industrial complex,’ coined in 1969 by Health/PAC[5] (Health Policy Advisory Center) as an expression of academic medical center colonialism…. I am not quite sure whether ‘sheep’ or ‘lemmings’ is the best metaphor for how American physicians have behaved since the corporate takeover took root in the 1980s. Health Care Under the Knife, composed of 13 incisive chapters by 16 distinguished authors, addresses the gross inequities, blaming capitalism-run-amok as the root cause.”

Read/watch the commentary at Medscape

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