"Who owns our health?" is an important new book that looks at Australia's health-care system. The book explores the consequences for our medical profession as the global health-care and pharmaceutical corporations progressively implement a strategy ...
to fully privatise health service delivery and access to medical systems in Australia, as well as through the rest of the developed world and in many rapidly developing Third World countries.The book describes very effective lobbying tools developed by the industry. These include multi- and bilateral trade agreements, such as the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement, that enhance intellectual monopoly privileges, as well as industry-sponsored economic analyses, captured political systems, and 'user-pays' changes in professional education. All of these developments have been assisted by a compliant mass media. "Who owns our health?" then considers the implications of such corporate sovereignty over the global burden of disease and wider societal values, as well as related potential leadership roles for health professionals, health regulators and policy-makers.This ongoing push for the complete privatisation of health care is deeply unpopular with most medical consumers, and with most of the medical profession, but it continues to gather pace right around the world. "Who owns our health?" describes how most of the lobbying is coming from giant American health-industry players and their allies in the US and other Western governments, even though all credible research consistently fails to confirm that US-style corporate-owned hospital systems offer more cost-effective patient outcomes for either individuals or whole populations.
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Date of publication: 2007-01-xx
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