The plot thickens


On Wednesday evening, I went to a talk given by David Price, co-author with Allyson Pollock of a recent British Medical Journal article How the secretary of state for health proposes to abolish the NHS in England.

In the course of his talk, he mentioned work done by the American doctor and academic Howard Waitzkin, analysing the way in which American healthcare multinationals gained entry to the healthcare markets of Latin American countries, in an effort to boost their profits. This was largely at the expense of the host nation’s healthcare system and health economy. David Price asked: this is how these companies behaved in Latin America and other developing countries, is England next?

I managed to find an article by Waitzkin and a colleague which makes unsettling reading. And it adds to the hypothesis I have outlined in the previous post.

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