Re: Cost Control
Daniel, you can also factor all the data you want to into a healthcare cost system, but there is one piece of data that technology advocates can never account for - the human factor. The fact is, the systems are never used as designed. Even if the healthcare systems were used as designed, the increasing costs of equipment and procedures combined with the expanding population means costs never go down, only up. Many people who would simply buy cold medicine for a cough before socialized medicine is implemented suddenly show up in ERs for a cough, either because "they paid for it", or as in the case for over 50% of Americans, it is free (Medicare). This isn't theory, I have first hand experience in this matter. If you make something "free" or cheap enough (zero or minimal co-pays), then a $7 fix for a cold becomes a $500 expense to the insurer/government. Multiply that by half of the population, say 175 million and you get a clearer picture of the true problem.
All too often in this day and age of amazing technological advancement, people build systems on "ideas" rather than reality. It has nothing to do with what you "believe" - it has to do with how things ARE. Those who take reality into account will succeed. Those who built systems and tech based on an idealized world are doomed to fail before they even start.