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Health Care Privatization Can Lead To Unethical Medical Practices

The Guardian: I’ve seen first-hand how palliative care in India is compromised by privatization
Hannah Fox, general practice trainee currently working in India

“…India is a stark example of how commodifying health care can lead to corruption, erode doctors’ integrity, and damage relationships with patients. Money ultimately distorts decision making regardless of the culture or country. In the U.K. there is a system that supports ethical decision making, regulates practice, and ensures patients’ best interests are at the heart of NHS care, and we must fight to preserve this. Market forces, competitive health care, and the selling of lucrative sections of NHS care to the private sector are solutions we embrace at our peril” (4/8).