Archive for March 26th, 2010

Battle of who could care less

In an excellent post on healthcare, post personal and international, Vinoth Ramachandra says this:

Economists limit their discussions of healthcare to the provision of medical services. But healthcare involves much more than good hospitals: concern for social justice in healthcare forces us to look at everything from sanitation, waste disposal, and climate change to the ethics of TV advertisements and food companies, the quality of secondary education and disparities in income and work opportunities. Prevention is far more effective than cures- and prevention mostly requires cash transfers to develop education and infrastructure, whereas curative medicine absorbs real resources.

Health is so much more than medicines and tests and doctors. We doctors may be the main determinants of healthcare costs (often unnecessarily) but we are certainly not the main determinants of health.

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