Lecture 6 Notes Politics of Health Risks

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Lecture 6 Notes: POLITICS OF HEALTH RISKS The r egulation o f health r i s k s and the allocation o f health r e s ea r ch dolla rs complicate health policy. I t s eem s totally i rr ational. The public s pe r ception o f health r i s k s i s quite di ff e r ent fr om that o f expe r t s . S imila r ly, the p r e f e r ence that the public ha s in the allocation o f health r e s ea r ch ( p r io r itie s) i s quite di ff e r ent fr om that expe r t s w ould s et ( to inc r ea s e li f e expectancy o r r educe the co s t o f di s ea s e to the s ociety ) . The public doe s n t s eek the evidence. Y ou could call it the t w o li s t p r oblem. Expe r t s have one li s t (s top s moking, d r iving s a f ely and w ea r ing s eat, don t hang w ith the wr ong c r o w d --- actually all the w a r ning s you r mothe r give s you ) and the public w o rr ie s about the dange rs o f nuclea r po w e r and A la r . Why? I ndividual Cont r ol --- people di s t r u s t gove r nment f luo r idation, nuclea r po w e r , but kno ws that it s thei r f ault i f they s moke o r s peed. I n f o r mation public ha s o r s eek s limited --- don t kno w much s cience o r do much r eading. I n f o r mation public doe s get i s di s to r ted by the o r ganizational maintenance need s o f inte r media r ie s the di s to r ting p r i s m s o f tho s e w ho tell the public about r i s k s or health th r eat s . I . R ISK A . S ETT ING FO R F E A R S I n mode r n s ociety r i s k i s mainly a L O W DOS E Pr oblem. The big r i s k s , dange rs that a r e le f t a r e mo s tly occupational and a r e r egulated ( p r otective gea r ; machine gua r d s ve r y di ff e r ent tu r n o f 20 th Centu r y fr om tu r n o f 21 st . I t i s getting w o rs e becau s e mea s u r ement technology imp r oving ---w
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