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Dr. Peter Bach wants to turn the entire philosophical underpinnings of America’s health care system upside down.

In a new argument — first laid out in a zippy 10-minute speech at last week’s STAT Summit in Cambridge, Mass. — Bach suggests the incentives created by policymakers to improve public health aren’t actually the best ideas for achieving that overarching goal.

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  • Ehh, the problems he mentions seem not to be problems solvable by drugs (at least not primarily) but by a more expansive welfare state / social safety net. If we eliminate poverty, we can reduce deaths of despairs, etc. but probably will still need drugs for rare diseases.

  • Please post the ppt that Dr. Bach refers to, as it is challenging to fully grasp his points without it.

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