A Critique of Health Journalism in South Africa

Like Americans, South Africans are short-changed with regard to news on important health issues.  Professor Harry Dugmore in The Media Online:

Trillions of dollars are at stake too. By many measures, health is the fastest-growing industry in the world. The technology changes incessantly, costs only seem to escalate and profit margins are usually stunning. In the 21st century, the lines between big pharmaceutical companies, food companies and ‘alternative’ medicine suppliers are blurring into multinational behemoths.

Hospital companies, health insurers and state medical all have a story to tell. They employ and deploy mini-armies of public relations experts to tell those stories.”

Look: http://themediaonline.co.za/2011/05/remedy-for-health-journalism/

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