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John Geyman: The Medical-Industrial Complex…plus exciting changes at qotd

April 28, 2021

Topics: Quote of the Day

“America’s Mighty Medical-Industrial Complex: Negative Impacts and Positive Solutions”

By John Geyman

This book has three goals: (1) to bring an historical perspective to how medicine and health care have evolved over the last 100 years, including the transformation of their original ethic of service with a moral purpose and how that ethic has been compromised by corporate greed; (2) to describe where an engulfing medical-industrial complex has brought us in terms of decreasing access to affordable health care, unacceptable quality of care, profiteering and fraud; and (3) to consider whether and how our unsustainable health care system can be brought into line against this deepening crisis in serving the needs of our people.

Copernicus Healthcare: http://www.copernicus-healthcare.org

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com…


Comment:

By Don McCanne, M.D.

Most of us want a health care system that has a mission to maintain and improve our health, yet we have a system that has lost its way in that its mission places a priority on advancing the interests of the medical-industrial complex at the cost of compromising our health care. John Geyman explains how we got there and how detrimental the impact has been. Although the political barriers to reform seem almost insurmountable, he does show us that there is a path to the essential reform that we need to bring health care justice to all. By understanding the source and nature of the dysfunctions, we can find our way out.


Exciting changes at qotd

As some of you may have heard, the interruption in the Quote of the Day messages was due to a TIA/stroke suffered by the author. Fortunately, the recovery has been dramatic, though incomplete. As a result, after two decades of daily commentaries in his retirement years, it is time for a change.

Future messages will be from noted health policy experts within and outside of PNHP. We will be receiving the latest from the best. With this change in format, we will also be changing the name to “Health Justice Monitor.” Launch is planned for next week.

I hope that you are as excited as I am as I become a consumer rather than a producer of the latest in health policy science. The more we understand, the sooner we will have health care justice for all.

Peace,
Don McCanne

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About the Commentator, Don McCanne

Don McCanne is a retired family practitioner who dedicated the 2nd phase of his career to speaking and writing extensively on single payer and related issues. He served as Physicians for a National Health Program president in 2002 and 2003, then as Senior Health Policy Fellow. For two decades, Don wrote "Quote of the Day", a daily health policy update which inspired HJM.

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