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Consuming Health: The Commodification of Health Care by Saras Henderson, Alan Petersen

By Saras Henderson, Alan Petersen

In our post-welfare society, well-being is more and more considered as a commodity and everyone is outlined as 'health care consumers'. while, the suggestion that the country may still take care of the overall healthiness of its electorate is being changed by means of an expectation that voters should still play a extra energetic position in taking care of themselves. those advancements are under no circumstances uncontentious. eating well-being explores the various meanings and purposes of the time period 'consumer' within the box of healthiness care and the consequences for policy-making, overall healthiness care supply and stories of overall healthiness care. members are famous cutting edge researchers and teachers from the Australia, the united kingdom and Canada. among them they conceal quite a lot of issues - from the medicalisation of the menopause to the participation of purchaser teams within the nationwide coverage technique - to create an unique and thought-provoking textual content for college kids and practitioners within the box of well-being care.

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In order to facilitate change in the status of patients and displace professionals from the centre of meaning and the ‘production’ of health care, critics of the system argued that, for political reasons, it was necessary to redefine the patient as a ‘health consumer’. The construction of a new subject position, the health consumer, created new possibilities for people to imagine alternative ways of thinking and talking about lay–professional relationships which were fundamentally different from the disciplinary regimes of the past.

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Far more consequential than upgrading the ageing features of the adult body may be preselecting features in the embryonic body and changing DNA structure in order to do this. My second critique of medical consumerism is that it distorts perceptions of medicine as a social good. Again, Leiss’s analysis of needs arguments renders the case for distortion less than self-evident by showing that it depends on contrasts between the all-too-evidently flawed present and a past idealized in such nostalgic objects as Fildes’s ‘The Doctor’.

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