[lbo-talk] Patients Are Not Consumers

123hop at comcast.net 123hop at comcast.net
Sat Apr 23 20:31:53 PDT 2011

Possibly because if you modeled the interchange in a computer program, as you often have to do, these would all be clients consuming services.

And also, so much easier to identify with the buyer aspect of your persona.

Any other relationship would be tainted with social and historical inferences.


----- Original Message ----- From: "John Wesley" <godisamethodist at yahoo.com>

That's the new terminology: We're all "clients", "customers", or "consumers" of things!

Even prison inmates are sometimes referred to as "clients" in Corrections Depts. mission/vision statements!

Mike G

________________________________ From: fernando cassia <fcassia at gmail.com> To: lbo-talk <lbo-talk at lbo-talk.org> Sent: Sat, April 23, 2011 1:27:06 AM Subject: [lbo-talk] Patients Are Not Consumers

"How did it become normal, or for that matter even acceptable, to refer to medical patients as “consumers”? The relationship between patient and doctor used to be considered something special, almost sacred. Now politicians and supposed reformers talk about the act of receiving care as if it were no different from a commercial transaction, like buying a car — and their only complaint is that it isn’t commercial enough.

What has gone wrong with us"

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/opinion/22krugman.html?_r=1&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/opinion/22krugman.html?_r=1&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB>

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