Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion and Population Health
Population Health Research Brief Series
The Public Good, Bad Policies, and Tough Times: When Profit and Public Interests Collide
Austin McNeill Brown, Shannon M. Monnat
Privatization of public goods maximizes corporate profits while providing minimal benefits or protections to public health. When calamities such as infectious disease pandemics, natural disasters, and severe weather strike, privatized systems often fail to respond adequately.
This issue brief describes how privatization of public goods undermines public health, damages public trust, and erodes democracy and provides suggestions for how we can rethink policies to value people over profits instead of valuing profits over people.