Revolutionary medicine: a response to corporatizing healthcare in India

Prakash Kona


This article explores Che Guevara’s notion of “revolutionarymedicine” and how it is imperative to challenge the corporatizationof healthcare in a developing nation such as India where millionslive under subhuman conditions owing to lack of basic necessitiesthat constitute any definition of a human life. With the corporatizationof healthcare the deprivation gets further magnified creatingthe grounds for a social revolution. The notion of “revolutionary medicine”helps us analyze the role of corporatization of healthcare infurthering the haves-havenots divide, the need for nationalization ofhealthcare, the possibilities of a social revolution and the role of arevolutionary doctor in changing the order.

Political institutions are formed upon the consideration ofwhat will frequently tend to the good of the whole, although now andthen exceptions may occur. Thus it is better in general that a nation should have a supreme legislative power, although it may at times beabused. And then, Sir, there is this consideration, that if the abuse benumerous, Nature will rise up, and claiming her original rights, overturna corrupt political system.” James Boswell: Life of Johnson


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