What the publisher decides on medical care

For-profit journal giant Elsevier advises, “patients and care-givers can make requests for individual papers related to medicine and healthcare, at no cost.”

So, patients and medicos have to ask for access to research which they hope will help with care. Research which in many, many, many cases will be funded by taxpayers in the country where it was done and which the World Health Organisation thinks should be open-access everywhere.