Sunday, November 27, 2005

Medicine

Here's a follow-up post about health insurance. We are insuring precisely the wrong half of the medical bills. People simultaneously use too much and too little health care. They use too much when it comes to saving people near the end of their life, which they do primarily from emotional reasons and the off chance that the person might recover. (No, I didn't ask for that experimental treatment. I love you too.) On the other hand, they use too much and don't see the doctor in the early (and usually more easily treatable stages) of a problem. Thus we should insure not the catastrophic events, but the run-of-the-mill care.

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