[ExI] USA Health Costs

painlord2k at libero.it painlord2k at libero.it
Sat Jun 6 16:47:39 UTC 2009

Il 03/06/2009 13.15, Stathis Papaioannou ha scritto:
> 2009/6/3 spike<spike66 at att.net>:
>> Hmmm, depends on how one defines the term "need."  Do we need airbags in our
>> Detroits?  People who have a ton of money might argue that we do, or that
>> they are a good health investment.  Others disagree.  If one saved money by
>> not having an airbag, perhaps one could afford to move to a neighborhood
>> where she is less likely to be slain by the local thugs for instance.  The
>> airbag/slum paradigm is a good way to view the question of the medical
>> establishment overtesting.
> Unlike airbags, medical treatments and even tests can have adverse
> consequences separate from their financial cost. Every treatment has
> possible complications, and every test has a false positive rate, and
> may lead to more tests and potentially dangerous procedures.

I know of a child decapitated by airbag.
And many people hurted by airbags.
Airbags, albeit useful, cost money and can be dangerous.

> This is the sort of decision doctors make all the time, and there are
> guidelines based on research for what tests and procedures should be
> performed in a particular situation.

And the guidelines change with the time.

> Most private doctors I encounter don't overservice, not because they
> are afraid of the government or the insurance company, but because of
> a sense of professional ethics.

Extracting too much wealth in too short time usually impact the ability 
to extract more wealth in longer times.

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