HealthcarePapers 20(2) January 2022 : 39-43.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2022.26787

Disaster Commercialism and Disaster Capitalism

Mark Petticrew

The pandemic has exposed vulnerabilities in public health. Those vulnerabilities have been exploited by commercial actors, and the harmful effects – for example, increases in obesity, alcohol harms and inequalities – are being seen. The pandemic, like other public health crises, has been a rich feeding ground for disaster capitalism, which sees crises as a further opportunity to undermine the role of government and to replace the state with corporate structures that support pro-corporate interests and undermine the public’s health. Public health crises urgently need to be freed from the shackles of vested interests and policy satisficing.



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