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

Document Type : Correspondence


1 Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE), University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia

2 South Western Sydney Local Health District Population Health, Liverpool, NSW, Australia

3 Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, Liverpool, NSW, Australia


To recapitulate: I wrote a piece critical of ‘consumer’ involvement and representation mechanisms in the medical-industrial complex. In that piece, I coined the term ‘consucrat.’ Consucrats, I suggested, are “a volunteer channel of the voice of the receiving ends of healthcare procedures and policies; embedded in the system they have grown to become co-opted apparatchiks who may rhetorically claim to speak truth to power, but may no longer be the representative voice of ‘the consumer.’”1. ... (Read more...)

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