Consumerism: Overview

Lok Wong, John F.P. Bridges

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Consumerism is a defining feature of the modern Western world, which has dramatically changed public health and medicine in recent years. In this overview, past and current trends of consumerism in health care are examined and how medicine is and will be practiced is explored. The rise of movements to protect consumer rights in health care has been followed by the growth of new financing models, such as managed care and market-based health care, both of which pose new challenges. Key characteristics of a consumerist system and patient-driven approach to health care are highlighted, including the potential impact of patient-enabling technologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780128037089
ISBN (Print)9780128036785
StatePublished - Oct 6 2016


  • Advocacy
  • Choice
  • Consumerism
  • Direct-to-consumer advertising
  • Market economy
  • Participation
  • Patient empowerment
  • Patient-centered care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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