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Between Art of Healing and Commerce – How Much Economy is Tolerated by „Good“ Medicine?

DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2021.0066-0071

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Sandra Blumenthal, Norbert Donner-Banzhoff, Uwe Popert, Thomas Kühlein

Keywords: commercialization doctor-patient relationship economization ethical challenges in family medicine family medicine and medical ethics medicine and economics

SummaryThe economization and commercialization of patient care frequently is a subject in public discussions. In the past of this discourse ambulatory care was mostly omitted. We develop and discuss eleven theses to ensure “good” primary care. An economically responsible behavior as an ethical demand for the health professional is contrasted with a commercialized health care system that subordinates patient care to financial interests. The implementation of a primary care based system in Germany and ethical reflections on the medical education of students and young doctors are discussed to meet the problems of industrialization and commercialization in our health care system.Keywordscommercialization; medicine and economics; doctor-patient relationship; economization; ethical challenges in family medicine; family medicine and medical ethics


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