Published On: Tue, May 10th, 2016

The medical, industrial complex

Jacob Gelt DekkerThe military-industrial complex, a term coined by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower in his Farewell Address on January 17, 1961, suggests a solution, toiled for a problem far beyond its use. Rather, the objective of the complex is political control.

Daniel Guérin, in his 1936 book Fascism and Big Business, about the fascist government support to heavy industry suggested the same. " It can be defined as, an informal and changing coalition of groups with vested psychological, moral, and material interests in the continuous development and maintenance of high levels of weaponry, in the preservation of colonial markets, and military-strategic conceptions of internal affairs."

Anyone who checks into a mass market hospital nowadays will be overwhelmed by the notion of "The Medical–Industrial complex." The term is analogous to "military–industrial complex".

The concept was first advanced by Barbara and John Ehrenreich in the November 1969 issue of the Bulletin of the Health Policy Advisory Center in an article entitled "The Medical Industrial Complex" and in a subsequent book (with Health-PAC), The American Health Empire: Power, Profits, and Politics (Random House, 1970). An updated history and analysis can be found in John Ehrenreich, "Third Wave Capitalism: How Money, Power, and the Pursuit of Self-Interest have Imperiled the American Dream" (Cornell University Press, May 2016). Conspiracy theorists of this world are convinced that they are manipulated and victimized by this evil global complex.

The freshly checked-in sick patient is instantly standardized, uniformized, institutionalized, and made ready to receive cookie-cutter –treatments, not because those reflect the triumphs of medical science, but rather the translations of political ideology. The objective is not to cater to health issues in the first place but rather, political submission.

Individualism, personal responsibility for one's health would render far greater health benefit to the community and the individual. Patients cutting back on their bad habit of drug, alcohol and food abuse, exercising, and trying to live a healthy lifestyle, would reduce costs, by most estimates, by 40-50%, but politicians are against such course. They prefer a control model, even if it bankrupts the entire economy and society.

So, there you have it, you may dream of opting to the best medical science can offer you, but political ideology took you by the balls, and your disease also caters to the power of the an all-compassing medical–industrial complex.

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