I need a phrase for a process which goes on large scale, trying to optimize overall output while ignoring needs of individual members.

The focus should be on the negative aspect: ignoring the needs.

(e.g. a doctor suggesting the same cure for everybody, being helpful for 80% of his customers, but not at all for the others).

  • Pondering this. "Impersonal" is the generic term, but we might also say something like "industrial" or "factory farm medicine" or treating patients like "production line". Basically, manufacturing-related metaphors.
    – Andrew
    Nov 1, 2016 at 0:07
  • Is it something like universalize? Nov 1, 2016 at 0:59
  • @DamkerngT. He's looking for a pejorative, but I don't think we have one with this exact meaning. "Production line" is close, but only when applied to things outside of manufacturing. One size fits all is the closest I can come. Nov 1, 2016 at 1:58
  • Thanks for all! Yes, to be pejorative is important. So far @Andrew's "production line" is the closest to the meaning I'm looking for. Nov 1, 2016 at 7:23

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Some phrases which comes to mind are

for the greater good
on the whole
on average

which presumes the whole over the individual.

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