Saturday, April 16, 2005

MedEcon: The Medical Money Pit

Krugman's latest. Apparently the beginning of a series on how we spend our medical cash.

10 comments:

michael said...
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michael said...

I hate Krugman because he's an asshole. Doctor's salaries are not the problem, only an asshole would write something so stupid. Half the things he writes is done for the sole purpose of pissing people off.

Garrett said...

Not hardly. He doesn't even blame doctor's salaries on any sort of problem, he simply mentions it as an aspect of high health cost in the US.

And it's perfectly fair to say that US docs are paid more than in other countries, because, ya know, it's true. That's not to say they should or shouldn't be. It's a number, not a judgment.

Garrett said...

Wait a minute, not hardly is a double negative. Damn my southern typing diction!

michael said...

he doesn't just mention it as an aspect or trend. he implies it's one of the main causes.

"Why is the price of U.S. health care so high? One answer is doctors' salaries"

moreover, how many american doctors do you know that only work 35 hours a week?

i hate that asshat.

Garrett said...

i still don't seen any judgment there. the next statements are:

"Another answer is that America's health care system drives a poor bargain with the pharmaceutical industry."

That's also a true statement. But is it a main reason? No, he concludes:

"Above all, a large part of America's health care spending goes into paperwork."

Another answer. Not "another main answer."

You can call Paul Krugman whatever you want, but that won't change the fact that he pretty much knows exactly what he's talking about most of the time.

michael said...

you mean like the times he incessantly forecasted depression like an asshat and was proven wrong time and again?

Garrett said...

as if i have a clue what you're talking about.

michael said...

my bad. i thought about it and i wouldn't want you coming to my site and trashing the dodgers. so i think it was rude to trash krugman on your site. i'll keep the tirades in my own space. :)

Garrett said...

dude, i KNOW BETTER than to go to your site and trash the dodgers. you'd murder me.

the lakers however...

i actually sorta like the dodgers, just cuz the reds and dodgers were always competing in the old nl west before the 94 realignment, and they were sorta the arch nemesis there for a few years in the mid 80s. and that's back before med school sucked the air out of my lungs, so anything that reminds me of the mid 80s (even Iran contra) sorta makes me dreamily happy.