I believe there is also something more insidious going on and it is the medical industry’s desire to turn every single person into a “patient” — we must be sick, sick but don’t know it (this is an expanding category that now includes the those who are pre-symptomatic, pre-clinical, or possessing of some marker), or soon to be sick. The medical industry would love to have 100% of the economy and to have you spend all your time at the medical center and never leave! Hiding behind a concern for “health” rings hollow. Perhaps individual health care workers have people’s best interests in mind – but they are too inside the bubble to see how perverse the system is becoming. No one seems to care what this relentless marketing is doing to our sense of self, our images of ourselves as strong, resilient – and yes mostly healthy… with other interests and ways to spend our precious time and resources besides sitting in waiting rooms.
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