Friday, September 18, 2009

Bad health is good business

Everyone should read this Michael Pollan article. Just two classic clips: system reform has not figured in the national conversation about health care reform...the government is putting itself in the uncomfortable position of subsidizing both the costs of treating Type 2 diabetes and the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup.

There’s lots of money to be made selling fast food and then treating the diseases that fast food causes...As things stand, the health care industry finds it more profitable to treat chronic diseases than to prevent them. There’s more money in amputating the limbs of diabetics than in counseling them on diet and exercise.

This reminds me of the British Empire's 19th century Chinese tea for Indian opium scam that made opium addicts of the chinese.

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