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    a particular point in time. However, today's expenditures on medical treatment and care to keep people relatively healthy reflect decades of negligent behavior by industry and commerce, an inefficient transportation system that kills of forty thousand, mostly in the prime of life, and maims many thousands more. High tech medical and surgical treatment are evolving flavors of human husbandry, where the benefit to the cared for is secondary to the profit of the providers.
    The best health care actually costs nothing because healthy people require no care. Which is why doctoring ought to be considered, like fire prevention and flood control, a disutility -- a useful endeavor that people would rather not have and that should, therefor, be sustained by the public treasury at a regular rate. Also, a certain level of redundancy needs to be built in, if we're not to be taken by surprise. Doctoring needs to be anticipatory, not responsive. The training and learning regimen needs to be constant. That means expenditures, regardless of whether a need is immediately perceived.
    Health care providers need to be able to think ahead and anticipate need. That's not a skill that is recognized by people who exist in the response mode. It is a problem that the "nobody could expect" people cannot think ahead.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 03:30:29 AM PST

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