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The Legend of Healthcare: Michael Vassar at TEDxBlackRockCity
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Added Jan 15, 2013
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The US spends over a hundred billion dollars a year on medical research, and even with terrible standards and incentives for publication, this effort supports a tremendous amount of high quality science. In the last 50 years, the US has won most of the Nobel prizes in medicine. During that same 50 years, US life expectancy has risen by less than a decade. Despite wars and dictators, Libya's life expectancy has risen by over three decades during the same period, and US health outcomes are now flanked by those of Libya and Jordan. (graph Libya, Americans, White Americans, Jordan). Despite its longer life expectancy, Jordan spends about $250 per capita per year on health care, and typical Americans spend far more on healthcare than Jordanians spend in total. I find myself particularly struck by the fact that Americans have drugs for HIV associated belly fat but still loose 17000 lives a year to AIDS. Given this and similar information, a neutral observer would find it unreasonable to reject the null hypothesis and to conclude that the US health-care system makes use of the medical science it develops. I propose that we change this, and that we do it by applying the service models that are typically applied to every other service good or high tech product. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep ...