Medical neoliberalism and the decline in U.S. healthcare quality

Haran N. Ratna


U.S. medical neoliberalism has led to the expansion of the private sector within the healthcare industry and restructured healthcare delivery into a commodity to be purchased rather than a natural born right. The privatized aspects of the healthcare industry, namely pharmaceutical industry, medical device manufacturers and the health insurance industry, are siphoning off healthcare dollars which could be used by hospital systems for patient care. This has led to decreased access to primary care and poorer health among the U.S. population. Public health metrics which traditionally have been used to measure positive strides in healthcare quality have been on the decline for several years now.