The science

Opposing views

Positive Health elicits many enthusiastic responses, critical ones included. So what are those opposing views?

  • Not everyone is able to be in control of their own health.
  • It is confusing that the word ‘health’ is used for a condition as well as for dealing with that condition. People can deal with their own health or lack thereof, in healthy and unhealthy ways.
  • A physician’s scope is becoming rather large, if life in its entirety becomes part of health care.
  • The concept is difficult to measure.
  • The concept overlaps with other developments, such as shared decision-making in medicine.
  • If health is such a broad area, then how could it be organised?