The fear of life: Hyper-medicalised societies


Abstract


We are becoming more vulnerable. The feeling of general uncertainty comes from the fact that we live through several crises at the same time. In a world dominated by consumerism and self-interest, health has also become a consumer product. The wellness industry offers shortcuts to happiness and remedies to overcome the anxieties and discomforts of life: shortcuts and remedies in pill form. In this context, journalism must ensure access to truthful, evidence-based information that allows people to manage their decision-making properly, especially in situations concerning individual and collective health.

 


Keywords


medication consumption; promotion of disease; risk management; commercialisation of disease; welfare state

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