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london 05/05/2016 - 01:54PM

HEALTH FACTORY film screening at King's University College


Cinema Politica presents a Free Screening of Health Factory,
A documentary on the privatization of public healthcare
May 5th, 6:30pm
Vitali Lounge, Wemple Bldg
Kings University College 266 Epworth Ave.

Governments apply models taken from business corporations in order to improve our health care systems. The goal is to get more health for the money spent, based on the presumption that private corporations are more efficient and less wasteful than public bodies.
After the Second World War governments across Europe and around the world – with the sole exception of the USA – were coming to the conclusion that some form of collective, social provision had to be made for health care.
Now, 60 years later the idea of providing equal rights to all citizens is under pressure around the world. Universal health care systems are being dismantled and privatized, making health care once again a commodity to be bought, rather than a right, and this has become the standard prescription of the World Bank, IMF and WTO, even the WHO.
The idea is that public health care does not offer incentives to increase efficiency. Costs are growing beyond control because public employees have no self-interest in making an effort. Public management is supposedly an inefficient bureaucracy, and a new ideology under the name “New Public Management” has become dominant - emulating an idealized model of private management. In 2002 Gordon Brown said: “The public sector is bad at management. Only the private sector is efficient and can manage services well”.
Now the public administrations are molded towards the standards of private companies. This is done through a variety of reforms all over Europe. Hospitals are established as financially independent corporations and required to generate enough income to break even. They are expected to produce health at a fixed cost – not to cover actual needs.
The “market” is supposed to regulate the production of healthcare. The idea of national health care has shifted decisively from needs-based planning on behalf of the residents, to the development of health care trusts trying to adapt their performance to their financial circumstances. The health care system of the USA is the source of inspiration for this development. This is peculiar, since they have the most expensive and least effective health care service among comparable nations. The US spends almost twice as much on health services as other countries of the Western world. Many are critical of this tendency promoted by health care policymakers, looking to the US for answers. “For the past quarter century our leading politicians and professionals have travelled to USA to have their brains washed in the socially most primitive, but technologically most advanced nation on earth,” says Julian Tudor Hart, retired GP and long-time critic of commercialization of health care.
'The "Health Factory" is a timely documentary that diagnoses the cause of our current crisis in our hospitals today. Compassion and quality of care are being squeezed out by the bottom line,' says Jeff Hanks, an activist with the London Health Coalition.
Contact: Jeff Hanks 226 448-3067 or David Heap 519 859-3579

For further action on the threat to our Canadian health care system, visit the following web resources


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