Swine flu, health and profits

Posted on May 3, 2009

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While the swine flu is showing up to be less a real danger of pandemic than a media induced hysteria, some people concerns turns to the economic consequences for both Mexico and the US. But it seems there’ll be winers too:

Winners could include drug makers such as Gilead Sciences, Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, and Sanofi-Aventis. Other possible winners are hospital chains such as Rhoen Klinikum, cleaning-products makers such as Henkel, Ecolab, and Clorox, as well as home entertainment companies such as Blockbuster and Nintendo….

On the other hand, something good may come out of all this strain. If governments are pressed to realize that public health cannot be privatized in order to deal with such crisis:

Carlsen points out on her blog that the one Mexican entity that has responded well to the crisis is the Mexican Social Security Institute, whose staff is vigorously tending to the sick and filing medical reports from around the country. Pro-free-market ideologues have been trying to privatize the institution for ages. The Mexican people should be thankful that they failed in their attempts.

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