Rethinking the Role of Technology in Health Care

Our dependence on medical technology distracts us from the more important goals of disease prevention and health promotion, and it blinds us to the body’s own capacity for healing.

Technology In Health Care
In most sectors of the economy, new technology usually brings costs down. But the Congressional Budget Office reports that 50 percent of the recent increases in the cost of health care are attributable to the introduction of new technology, including pharmaceutical drugs.
You Can’t Afford to Get Sick
Every 30 seconds, someone in America files for bankruptcy in the aftermath of a personal health care problem. Unless we radically change the present system, health care costs will sink our economy. In “You Can’t Afford to Get Sick,” Andrew Weil, M.D., shows how we have let health and medicine become a crisis in our society, and exactly what we can do to fix it.

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