The Practice of Medicine: The Dilemma Neglected in the Healthcare Debate

The article quoted provides an interesting perspective on the true cost and long-term value of “experimental” care.

The decision to treat an illness is not simply a decision about the fate of a single human being. It is a decision about what we will or will not learn about treating illness. It is also about what we will or will not have at our disposal to treat illnesses in the future.

I hasten to add that in countries where primary health care needs are NOT being met for the majority (85% or more) of the population, fantasies involving experimental medicine are certainly fewer and more far between. 

What are your thoughts on this aspect of distributive justice and healthcare?

http://www.patheos.com/Progressive-Christian/Practice-Medicine-Frederick-Schmidt-10-08-2012.html

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