[ExI] Tools for improving health care in the USA, now
max at maxmore.com
Wed Aug 26 18:00:11 UTC 2009
>In the US you've got health care all back-to-front.
>Probably because of the gung-ho 'We can fix it' outlook.
I'm really puzzled by this statement. Does that mean we would be
better of with an attitude of "Oh, fuck it. Let's not bother trying
to improve it."? If you think the particular ways that the USA's so
far tried to fix the problem have been bad attempts, I agree. But
that's not what you seem to be saying.
>By the time it needs fixing, it's too late and too expensive.
>The US needs a new lifestyle system.
>More exercise and healthy eating and less stress and pollution would
>add ten years to life expectancy.
Yes, of course. But why does that mean we shouldn't *also* work
(intelligently) on improving the health care system?
Without having looked at the book itself, the description makes me
wonder. It appears to be another in a long line of books (not just
about health -- this is endemic with business success books) that
look for examples that support a pre-existing hypothesis,
cherry-picking the data -- rather than checking carefully for
disconfirming examples. I'm not saying the book is wrong (I can't say
that without seeing what's inside), but the description is not
especially encouraging in this regard. That said, yes yes yes, more
people should be doing more exercise and eating better (and less),
and taking other personally-controllable measures to improve their health.
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