The wrong kind of medicine

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The second failure point lies in the kind of care that the American medical system is designed to provide, which is much more oriented towards drugs, therapy, and surgeries (fixing medical problems) than towards promoting good overall health outcomes (which primarily means preventing medical problems).  This is true for a variety of reasons; for example, there is much more money in being a heart surgeon than there is in being a general-care physician who works to keep people from needing a heart surgeon.  Hospitals, clinics, drug companies, and other parts of the health care industry all face a similar strong bias in terms of the financial incentives for treatment and against prevention.

 

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