The Rise of the Consucrat

Document Type : Perspective


Centre for Health Equity, Training and Evaluation CHETRE, University of New South Wales, South Western Sydney Local Health District and Ingham Institute, Sydney, NSW, Australia


Some agents representing the ‘receiving end’ of the medical-industrial complex could be called ‘career consumers.’ We identify these consucrats as a new class of intersectional representation of ‘those affected’ in healthcare delivery systems. We describe them in the context of (similar) abocrats and femocrats but show that consucrats face more complex and different level intersectional challenges. The designation, professionalization, and representation of consucrats are problematic, in particular for public policy change. We argue for an enhanced strategic and cautious role for the consumer health movement to support consucrats.


Commentaries Published on this Paper

  • The Pandemic, Patient Advocacy, and the Importance of Thinking; Comment on “The Rise of the Consucrat”

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  • Patient, Public, Consumer, and Community Engagement: From Consucrat to Representative; Comment on “The Rise of the Consucrat”

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  • Consucrats Have Agency: What Next for the Profecrat? Comment on “The Rise of the Consucrat”

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Author's Response to the Commentaries

  • Consucrats and Pathocrats: The Prequel, Quel, and Sequel; A Response to the Recent Commentaries

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Volume 10, Issue 4
April 2021
Pages 176-180
  • Receive Date: 07 December 2019
  • Revise Date: 02 March 2020
  • Accept Date: 03 March 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 April 2021