When Does it Cost Too Much to Save a Human Life?

Is $1 a day for someone else’s pill too much to pay with your tax dollars? $10? $100? $1,000? Kaiser Health News recently reported that a new treatment for hepatitis C with a 90% success rate will cost $1,000 a pill. Lasting 12 weeks, the treatment…

Election Economics: How Successful is the US Healthcare System?

It might be tough to use statistics to judge US health care. Among OECD countries (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), from 1980 to 1999, for life expectancy, the US ranked #19 and Canada was #5. However, the order flips–US…

The Price of a Life

I get concerned when people say we may need to start rationing health care. Like most goods and services, because there is a limited supply of health care, we have always rationed it. In some way, we had to decide…

Adam Smith and a Physician’s Pay

Pondering healthcare reform again, I came across this comment from Adam Smith, 1776, WEALTH OF NATIONS: 22] We trust our health to the physician: our fortune and sometimes our life and reputation to the lawyer and attorney. Such confidence could…