by Chet Raymo
"Herewith a couple of self-explanatory graphs from a recent issue of the journal "Nature." Click to enlarge.
The problem is not the science. American medical science and technology leaves little to be desired. Almost half of all Nobel Prizes in Medicine (Physiology or Medicine) have been awarded to Americans.
The author of the "Nature" article focused on reorganizing the National Institutes of Health to better link primary research to patient outcomes. There are, of course, other players in our healthcare fiasco. Politicians. Healthcare providers. Insurance companies. Pharmaceutical companies. Lawyers. Oh yes, and patients. In my lifetime there has been only one serious attempt (by the Clintons) to bring all the players to the table. It crashed in a storm of recriminations and suspicion. An unworthy outcome for so great a nation.”