The End of Health Care as We Know It
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  • qet

    MRIs and CAT scans have been around for a long, long time. They have not become meaningfully cheaper, and proliferation in their use, whether owing to defensive medicine or other causes, is routinely offered as one of the reasons our healthcare is unaffordable today. I see no reason why genome sequencing/genetic testing won’t be the MRI of the 21st century in this respect. For every Eric Dishman whose life is saved by it, there will be 1,000 people for whom it turned out to be totally useless. But it will be a huge revenue generator (or cost generator, depending on your point of view), and people will start demanding it for all sorts of chronic ailments like allergies, diabetes, IBS, etc. It will have to be paid for.

  • ljgude

    I agree with get that if the people who are making US medicine cost double what it should get control of these tests they will make sure the extract the maximum revenue out of them as their first priority. As the Time article Bitter Pill pointed out the Healthcare industry lobbies Congress at a rate considerably in excess of the Defense Industry. So I ask you. Iz da pope catlick?

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