Re: Healthcare (was Re: John in Alaska)

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Tue Jan 22 2002 - 10:54:10 MST

On Tue, Jan 22, 2002 at 08:00:56AM -0800, Brian D Williams wrote:
> I think the point of improvement for U.S. health care is to take a
> more pro-active approach. People should see their doctors regularly
> and as the old adage goes "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound
> of cure". The system should be structured economically to make this
> happen.

How could it be structured to make this happen? I guess insurance
companies would be interested in this too, if it could reduce future

I also consider it important that we get away from the old model where
the patient is a client and essentially put in a subservient position,
to a model where the patient is a customer, going to the doctor to buy
health-related personal information or services. Part of this is
happening with internet-enabled people who look up their illnessed
before going to the doctor, seeing themselves more as part of the team
than just an object to be cured, but I think this process could be
improved further. In fact, if health information and health services
could be more efficiently spread through the net, we would get a
noticeable increase in prevention.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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