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| Minister/Health |
|Responsible for a country's health system. Often part of a regulatory capture,|
A health minister is the member of a country's government typically responsible for Health. Since they administer large budgets and regulatory functions, they are often part of a regulatory capture, turning into Big pharma/Lobbyists.
The health ministry in most countries also has responsibility for biosecurity.
In January 2020 Agnès Buzyn was France's Minister of Health and declared hydroxychloroquine a "poison" and banned over the counter sales. In September 2021, she was under investigation for her handling of COVID.
|Peter Gøtzsche||“Bribery is routine and involves large amounts of money. Almost every type of person who can affect the interests of the industry has been bribed: doctors, hospital administrators, cabinet ministers, health inspectors, customs officers, tax assessors, drug registration officials, factory inspectors, pricing officials and political parties. In Latin America, posts as ministers of health are avidly sought, as these ministers are almost invariably rich with wealth coming from the drug industry. In the beginning of this chapter, I asked the question whether we are seeing a lone bad apple now and then, or whether pretty much the whole basket is rotten. What we are seeing is organised crime in an industry that is completely rotten.”||Peter Gøtzsche||2013|