Seen on Twitter with the commentary “Darwin beats Marx every time”.From Rationalist Tumblr: those claims that medical error is the third-leading cause of death, kills 200,000 people every year, etc? And most people interpret it as ‘number of stupid mistakes by doctors’ when it really means more like “the number of bad health outcomes that could be prevented with perfect god-like-omniscient understanding of all patents’ health situation”.
At the same time, we are more pragmatic and consequentialist than our utopian and deontological libertarian counterparts…We believe free markets and commercial capitalism are the tools of social justice, rather than the enemy.” Tengrism, the religion of Genghis Khan and other steppe nomads, is making a comeback in Central Asian republics looking for a suitably nationalist alternative to Islam.It also costs health systems billions of dollars per year.And key quote: “Pro Publica has been researching why the U. health care system is the most expensive in the world.Freddie de Boer: Bernie Sanders Is A Socialist In Name Only.
I really like this piece, and I was going to write it if nobody else did.
One answer, broadly, is waste — some of it buried in practices that the medical establishment and the rest of us take for granted.
We’ve documented how hospitals often discard pricey new supplies, how nursing homes trash valuable medications after patients pass away or move out, and how drug companies create expensive combinations of cheap drugs.
Benjamin Lay was a four-foot-tall Quaker abolitionist who, among other unusual forms of activism, kidnapped a slaveowner’s child to give them a taste of what slaves had to go through. Most drugs (strong exception for tetracyclines) are neither dangerous nor ineffective once expired.
The idea of “drug expiration dates” is just bureaucratic boilerplate.
Edge conversation on various things with Rory Sutherland.