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Consumer Medicine

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The contributions in this book all address an important area relating to the delivery of medical services, namely the development of consumer medicine. The changing dynamics of consumer medicine are explored through two perspectives: genetic self-testing and cross-border medical treatment. Both genetic self-testing and cross-border medical treatment offer a number of opportunities, both for producers and consumers of goods and services. At the same time, however, a number of important questions arise as to the limits and regulations that should be in place to protect consumers and patients, and assure that the products and services that are being offered are of good quality and do not offer false or misleading information as to their efficacy or significance in helping patients and consumers. The role of the state and supra-national organizations is by no means self-evident within this changing environment in that on the one hand, this process has been supported by these same authorities, and on the other hand, they are also trying to control and limit the extent to which it develops and undermines their sovereignty. This dual role has created tensions between the development of consumer medicine and the consequences that authorities must deal with as a result of this development.

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Foreword

The Nordic Committee on Bioethics (NCBio) was founded in 1989 with the aim to promote Nordic cooperation and exchange of information between scientists, parliamentarians, opinion leaders and public officials in the area of bioethics. NCBio works by organizing workshops, conferences and by publishing reports or other publications to promote Nordic and international debate on bioethics. NCBio has two members from each of the five Nordic countries. Members are appointed by the Nordic Council of Ministers from the nominations of the Nordic countries. The committee is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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