Economist Paul Krugman, blogging at the New York Times, argues that patients should not be referred to as “consumers.” Krugman says “The idea that all this can be reduced to money — that doctors are just people selling services to consumers of health care — is, well, sickening. And the prevalence of this kind of language is a sign that something has gone very wrong not just with this discussion, but with our society’s values.” [Link]