Online Program

System of corporate control over health-related technologies

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 8:50 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Rene Jahiel, MD, PhD, Community Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
The object is to describe and analyze the interactions of the various industries that have an impact on the health and health care of the public. A mapping of relationships among these industries shows that they constitute a highly integrated system whose primary purpose is profit for its constituent corporations. A set of subsidiary organizations supports overtly or covertly the component corporations. The health-related corporate control system is so ingrained in policy making and public acceptance that no health care reform, not the Affordable Health Care Act, not the Single Payer proposal, not even the old Dellum's bill is immune to its pervasive influence. Thus, health reform requires corporation reform, either limited to health-related corporations or applicable to all corporations above a certain size as in the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the Constitution proposed by Michael Lerner. Problems communication, education, and organization of the public that must be overcome to pave the way for such approaches will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Describe the system of technological industries that have an impact on community health. Explain the relationships and power of its constituent corporations. Analyze approaches to educate and organize the public for corporation reform as a pre-requisite for health care reform.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have more than 40 years research expertise in health services and policy research. In the area covered by this session, I have published several papers and book chapters on corporation and health in the past 6 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.