Not All Health Care Technology is Good
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  • charlesrwilliams

    My wife would have been on disability for the last 10 years if back surgery had not been an option. Kaiser Permanente encouraged all the low cost alternatives and none of them worked. Now I realize that people will accept treatments that are complex, costly and provide small benefits if they don’t have to pay for them. My mother-in-law wanted cataract surgery when she was in hospice. Who is to say that two months of crystal clear vision at the end of one’s life is not worth the cost?

    This becomes an issue when the costs of medical care are socialized. I don’t want some bureaucrat telling me that I can’t insure myself for certain treatments or pay for them myself with my own money. But I don’t want to pay for someone else’s cataract surgery when they are terminally ill.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “Skinner has some solutions to this problem, but this seems to us another area in which more robust price signals and consumer power could do a lot of good. While some people will always opt for every possible treatment, especially in end of life situations, price-consciousness consumers are in general more careful about the kind of unnecessary care they seek. Restrained demand for exotic but unproven treatments would hold down costs as new digital technologies create a deeper transformation of the system.”

    Yes, once again I am in agreement, consumers shopping for the best deal, and medical providers advertising the quality, service, and price of their products, is the way of FREE ENTERPRISE.

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