The Health Care Industry

Michael Pollak mpollak at
Wed Aug 25 05:10:13 PDT 1999

On Wed, 25 Aug 1999, Steve Perry wrote:

> Here is a central economic question that I've never heard answered
> satisfactorily: *Why* have costs spiralled upward so dramatically in
> the past 20 years?

I thought it was because, under the pre-HMO system, cost was no object -- plans paid for whatever the doctors said you needed. Which was an continuous incentive to invent more elaborate and expensive ways to extend your life -- the demand for which is almost infinite.


__________________________________________________________________________ Michael Pollak................New York City..............mpollak at

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