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August 21, 2006


Al Brown

I'd rather spend $100 more a month on healthier food and a gym club membership than on a drug of marginal value. Better data might help see how destructive many of these drugs are and how unwise it is to let corporations determine what we eat.

Constance Reader

I'd rather spend $100 per month on the correct drugs at the appropriate doses, made possible by electronic medical records that pharmacists can read as opposed to handwritten scrips that are illegible, than spend $100,000 on the medical intervention necessary to correct the medical mistake.

Or spend the $10,000 for my funeral if the mistake is irreparable.

The thing to remember, Mr. Brown, is that the old mantra of "eat better, exercise more" is not always appropriate and often useless. Unfortunately, many humans do not have the genetic makeup that allows their bodies to benefit from such measures.

Dragos Ilinca

As a wise man said, "If you don't take the time for your health now, you'll have to take the time for being ill later".

It's the same with money. First of all, it shouldn't be about the sum. What would you prefer: spend $100,000 in 10 years on prevention while feeling great or spend $100,000 once on surgery, while feeling really ill and risking death?

What's more important than health?

Dan Swayze

I agree with Erick's observations. I think physicians, and the healthcare system as a whole are now being recognized as one of the leading causes of death in this country. More comprehensive and accessible information available at the time the doctor is prescribing the treatment should lead to better, and less costly medicine.

The next step will be to make that information easier for the patient to understand. Ultimately the patients' choices (i.e. which prescriptions to fill, which proceedures to have), are the real cost and quality drivers.

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