Monday, December 07, 2009
We simply spend too much on health care
Take a look at this op-ed by Robert J. Samuelson in the Washington Post, Monday Dec, 7, “Health care nation: Medical spending threatens everything else,” link here. He says that almost everything else in society is essentially “rationed” either by price or politics, but that health care spending is out of control.
It is the obligation to revere life that drives a lot of spending. It isn’t just the cost of care, it is the need for support from others, that grows when medicine is able to prolong life but not necessarily prolong independence. The whole concept of family responsibility and how that relates to voluntary choices (like having children) is up for change.