Theoretical Medicine

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 19-29

First online:

The medical profession and the corporatization of the health sector

  • J. Warren SalmonAffiliated withSchool of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

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This article describes the most important determinant of contemporary American medical practice: the corporatization of the health care delivery system. It argues that there is an urgent need for greater reflection by physicians on the values inherent in profit-based health care and on the implications of such a model of care. Other pressures on the medical profession and several available responses are examined. The article then poses a challenge to the profession to assume a more forthright advocacy for social equity in health care provision.

Key words

Cost containment Corporatization Professional autonomy Right to health care Social ethics Justice