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老前辈阿罗发话了:保住性命是好事儿!  

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Arrow on the Increasing Cost of Healthcare

阿罗谈医疗费用的增长问题。

The Nobel laureate Ken Arrow:

Oh, why health costs increase? The basic reason why health costs increased is that health care is a good thing! Because today there is a lot more you can do! Consider all these expenses that are diagnostic. Cat scans, X-rays, MRIs and now the proton-powered whatever-it-is. Something that is the size of a football field, cost $50 million, and has all sorts of diagnostic powers. A lot of these technologies clearly reveal things that would not be revealed otherwise. There's no question about it. Diagnostics have improved. Technology has improved. You know, sending things through your blood stream to help in operations, instead of cutting you open. It's incredible. But these things are costly. But for older people longevity is increasing by a month each year. Now, whether that creates other problems with retirement and social security is another question. But, nevertheless, preserving life is a good thing.

哈为什么开支增加了?最根本的原因就是医疗保健是个造福万民的好东西。因为现在能做的东西更多了!想想所有的这些诊断所需要的费用吧。什么CT,X光扫描,核磁共振,现在还有什么质能驱动的什么东西,管他呢。一个足球场大小的东西,价值5亿美金,里面包括各种各样的用于诊断的设备。这么多的技术现在能清楚地诊断出以前无法诊断的病症。这是毫无异义的吧.诊断学得到了提高,技术也得到了进步。你也知道,现在可以用心血管支架来帮助身体系统运作。真是不可思议啊。但是的确很昂贵。对于老年人来说,寿命的增长速度是1月/年。现在啊,(长寿)是否会伴随着退休和社会保障产生其它问题已经是另一码事儿了,无论如何,保住性命总是好事情……

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