Much of the progress in medicine since I was a medical student has involved expensive, high-tech diagnostic tests and therapies — a trend that has accelerated recently and worries health economists and politicians alike because it boosts healthcare costs.
Suppose you needed to have a CT scan for a sudden, severe headache and partial loss of vision and your doctor asked a nutritionist to read it, rather than a radiologist. Would you trust the diagnosis? Evaluation by a different — and what most would consider a lesser — standard is essentially how a significant amount of research funding is approved by one component of the National Institutes of Health.
More remarkably, the disease that was once a global scourge -- a thief of childhood everywhere -- has been all but eradicated from the earth. This year could see its complete disappearance outside of virus labs, experts say.
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Casey Mulligan, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, discussed “The Employer Penalty, Voluntary Compliance, and the Size Distribution of Firms: Evidence from a Survey of Small Businesses.”
The Working Group on Health Care Policy devises public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.