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New And of course we've got competing incentives
Let's say there's a breakthrough and they're able to get a 100% cure rate with a pill they can profitably manufacture for $1 a treatment. That's $10k per year "saved".

But that means someone isn't going to be getting that $10k per year any more. And they won't like that very much.

New Yup.
That's one of the obvious reasons why immediate, dramatic reductions in medical cost for the country as a whole are very, very difficult. Sure, single payer costs less and is more efficient. But what about the people who are doing those "inefficient" jobs now? It takes time to change the system in a way that isn't hugely disruptive.

(Who remembers talk of anti-cavity vaccines that would be ready by 1990...)
     Strong evidence for schizophrenia's cause - (malraux) - (5)
         Fascinating. Biology's weird. -NT - (mmoffitt)
         When we have a cure, then what? - (Another Scott) - (2)
             And of course we've got competing incentives - (drook) - (1)
                 Yup. - (Another Scott)
         Man, this is a big deal! Thanks for the link! -NT - (a6l6e6x)

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