The Exploding Cost of Health Care (and Death Care)

With Lexington Green, Ginny, myself, and many others talking about deathcare, it is worthwile to say a few things on why healthcare costs are becoming so unaffordable.

We are better at making sick people well (which decreases morbidity and mortality) and making dead people sick (which increases morbidity and decreases mortality).

To the extent the government increasingly interfers in the healht care market (as is already happening), it should be further societal well-being.

This scares a lot of people.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin worries about her son, who will be aflicted with morbidity all his life.

Others worry about the aged, the care of whom is a conversion of mortality into morbidity.

Some worry about young couples.

Some also worry about the economy as a whole, and note that while turning the sick into the well helps the economy (and thus all of us together), transforming mortality into morbidity hurts the economy (and thus all of us together).

If we are going to get costs under control, we will need a Federal Health Reserve which uses scientific approaches to minimizes both mortality and morbidity, and is protected from politics so that the rage of the berieved does not hurt all of us together.

Update: Courtesy MyDD, an example of the emotion of this issue