Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Health Comrade

I really have no analysis on this one. Chief Economic Advisor Larry Summers says that we are engaging in unnecessary health care procedures. Frankly, I don't care if we do. That is why a market system is better. If people feel that they need these procedures, they should be allowed to have them. Anyone who has had surgery can attest to the fact that they aren't being cut up on a whim. Surgery is always out of perceived necessity.

But now our Economic Advisors are saying that they aren't necessary.


1 comment:

  1. The problem with perspectives on health care is that they neglect the fundamental nature of the topic. Health care is not a commodity, but gov't is behaving as though it is.

    For example, nursing homes are not allowed to administer tranquilizers to patients when they become violent. But they must administer mountains of medications that have horrible side effects, all in the dosage prescribed by a policy.

    Medicine should be prescribed on an individual basis - we are not commodities. Our bodies react differently and each situation is unique, not a commodity.