Thursday, May 19, 2016

"Medicine may become a public health danger."

"I think we're reaching a tipping point that unless we do something medicine may become a public health danger." 

This is Ioannidis's opening line in this 5 min interview at annual Lown conference.

This is the question that most interests me- is health care, on the whole, more harmful than helpful? Is it a public health menace? If all doctors, hospitals, clinics, drugs, operating rooms, nurses suddenly vanished (along with the $2 trillion price tag), would Americans live longer healthier lives?

What does a back-of-the-envelope calculation of cost/benefit of health care look like?

I think a rough calculation would be very interesting.

If health care is so great, a rough calculation should be able to easily show it?

If a rough calculation is difficult, that argues the case that health care is at least close to being harmful (and maybe we should walk off the job?)

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