Are we now health care “consumers?” What’s wrong with “patients?”

It’s become the style in Canada and B.C. to talk in the health care sector (or should I say “industry”) about “clients” and “consumers.”

But a United Church minister who receives treatment for multiple myeloma much prefers the word, “patient.”

He makes a compelling case for saying goodbye to the sanitized business buzz words.

“The current move away from the language of patient to client and consumer of health care shifts to a market-based language and away from the description of mortals as sufferers,” says Rev. Ed Searcy, who is the minister at the Chapel of the Epiphany on the University of B.C. campus.

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