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The three paradoxes of private medicine: Summary of responses

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.919-c (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:919
  1. Birte Twisselmann, technical editor
  1. BMJ

    EDITOR—The online debate of Longley's personal view starts with criticism of the author, followed by attempts to understand his rationale and psychology and a general discussion of public and private healthcare systems and their political implications, ending with examples—positive and negative—of the results of their coexistence.1

    Most correspondents take issue with Longley's three paradoxes: paying for health care can be disempowering, private medicine does not seem to cost anything, and the joy of clinical resolution is tainted by shameful feeling of compromise and guilt. Many find nothing wrong with paying for private …

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