Theoretical Medicine

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 19–29

The medical profession and the corporatization of the health sector

  • J. Warren Salmon

DOI: 10.1007/BF00539763

Cite this article as:
Salmon, J.W. Theor Med Bioeth (1987) 8: 19. doi:10.1007/BF00539763


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 

Copyright information

© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Warren Salmon
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Urban Planning and PolicyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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