Thursday, January 7, 2010
U.S. health spending’s forgotten benefit The Canadians realize the value of money spent on medical innovation and they appreciate the fact that they and the rest of the world constantly benefit from it. One problem with our current efforts at reform is that we are not addressing how to maintain a high level of research and innovation as well as access, cost control and coverage. In other words we haven't figured out how we will pay for it in the long term. All solutions so far are short term. If we use any of them eventually something will have to suffer. In most systems with national health care research and innovation are the usual casualties sacrificed in the name of coverage for everyone.