Technology Drives up Cost of Medical Care (Myth #2)

In Modern Medicine: What You’re Dying to Know, we talked about the high cost of technology because this was about the time hospitals were jumping on the MRI bandwagon. Some readers may remember the brouhaha over the cost of MRI machines when they first became available to hospitals. In our book we addressed seven notions…

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Top Down and Bottom Up

In the early days of developing expert systems, there was a lot of talk about whether such systems should be built from the top down or the bottom up. The artifical intelligence focus has moved on to other perspectives, including the ever popular neural networks. In these discussions, we seem to forget an underlying principle…

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Seven Myths of Health Care Financing

When we wrote Modern Medicine: What You’re Dying to Know all those years ago, we concentrated on explaining how we thought health care costs had been forced into a never-ending spiral upward. Even then, our perspective was that the physician-patient relationship had been destroyed by the intervention of third-party interests. Much of the perceived crisis…

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