Joe linked a City Journal article entitled "The Reaper is Cheaper". Final paragraph, emphasis mine:
What all three studies suggest, then, is technological innovations or disease prevention will likely result in slight savings or even increased costs (though obesity may be the exception to this trend). This doesn't mean, of course, that we shouldn't keep inventing drugs and devices to keep people alive longer, or that we shouldn't develop better prevention strategies. It just means that we should stop pretending that good health is always cheaper. Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for.I think that there is a larger causality problem that goes unmentioned. When you pay copious bucks over decades for health care, you burden the government with the expectation that they will fix whatever ails you. Of course that's unreasonable, and of course people will have those expectations. The only means of holding people accountable is not making the government accountable.
But forget all that. Time for a little Baroque and Roll featuring BOC:
Related Kenneth G. Davenport