Thomas Sowell says that “The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”
Tim Russert’s death sounded sadly familiar to me. Four years ago my dad died the same way. My dad was also 58. Just like Russert he had also went through a cardio physical exam a few months before his death and got good results. Both man died in an instant, without warning or anything that could be done about.
I think it is intriguing how the press, who loves to find something wrong about anything, kind of ignores the fact that our ‘modern’ medicine is still pretty medieval. You can only imagine the amount of money Russert spent on health insurance, medicine, health clubs, and still he died from a classic heart attack.
How many years all that investment actually got him? Did he make that choice consciously or was it imposed on him?
I have another member of my family who has got cancer. A bad one.
I’ve talked quite a bit with a doctor about treatments and how they work, and I got to tell you: it is really brutal stuff… on your body and on your pocketbook.
I am pro-life, and I think suicide is something amazingly sad. But this idea that we can subject a person to all these “treatments” (that look pretty much like torture to me) just to prolong a life by a few months is sounding more and more like a crazy obsession than anything else.
Look at what happened to AIDS for instance. Politicians almost unanimously framed the issue as a world disaster event, something that could affect anyone anywhere. Now, 25 years and some trillions of dollars later, the UN is forced to admit that AIDS is pretty much an issue for gay man and African countries.
I know, that doesn’t sound nice. But it is the truth. Maybe now we can start spending the money where is actually needed – buying TB medicine and targeting ads to gay man instead of spending millions testing low risk groups every year.
Of course I am not proposing that people just stop going to the doctor. I just think that people should be aware of how exact or not some areas of science are.
We live in a world of uncertainty and scarcity. This idea that we can control everything around us and that we should provide all to everyone is just madness. We need to focus on what can be done. This could help us, for instance, on making our health plans, public and private, much more affordable.