Re: capitalist religion (was: NANO: _Forbes_ cover story)

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Tue Jul 17 2001 - 00:43:24 MDT

On Mon, Jul 16, 2001 at 11:49:21PM +1000, Miriam English wrote:
> At 11:08 AM 15/07/2001 -0700, Reason wrote:
> I just think it is a little rash of you to say that. Profit motive sees
> much more "sense" in promoting expensive medical maintenance programs that
> keep people on medications for the rest of their lives. Medical companies
> don't like to spend money on researching ways to prevent or cure ills. That
> cuts out their market.

Does it? If I was a pharmaceutical company I would love to sell a cure
for a disease while everybody else was saying palliatives. What would
doctors, insurance companies and patients want to buy? And if I could
sell a prevention, I would be even happier - a much larger market, and
hence even larger profit margin.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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