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Dr. Bob has penned a definitive essay on the topic of preventive medicine. It's all true, and all docs know it. One quote:
One big-picture aspect of this huge transformation in American health care which seems to be receiving little or no attention is its heavy emphasis on preventive medicine. We have been hearing for some time about how preventive medicine will save substantial sums of money and thereby make the overall health care system far less costly. Of course, such rhetoric has an enormous appeal at a surface level ó after all, if you can prevent diseases, you certainly donít need to spend money to cure them.
Who could argue with this?
But this innocent-sounding, simplistic Trojan horse will prove deadly for American health care, and end up empowering the bureaucrats and politicians who will, in fact, gain the most from this change in direction.