US healthcare revisited (was: "[OT] Non-degree holders asanengineer (Chris Smolinski)")
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Alex Harford wrote:
> The free market is working perfectly. The problem is that the demand
> for health care is inelastic. Ie how much are you willing to pay to
> avoid death?
I disagree, there's plenty of elasticity. I know plenty of people who don't
go to the doctor for financial reasons. People make choices that affect
their health/risk of dying every day -- eating at McD instead of a fancier
restaraunt, living in places with high pollution, choosing hazardous
occupations, and so on -- based on financial factors. And in most cases
people aren't seeing their doctor to avoid death. I see mine most often when
I get a sore throat and I need antibiotics to get rid of the bug.
Just remembered another thing: there are palces in the US with abnormal
radon emissions (including Spokane, WA where I lived for a number of years).
The great majority of residents who own a basement, have never had a radon
inspection, or purchased a radon kit ($20) -- despite the very real hazard.
There's nothing inelastic about healthcare. If it really was inelastic,
everyone would be a doctor.
See also: www.piclist.com/techref/index.htm?key=non+degree+holders
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