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martin@gkc.org.uk
Date: Wed, 15 May 2019 12:29:39 +0100

A couple of posts in Risks Digest 31.22 seemed related:

> Abilify MyCite adds the electronic tracking component and, at $1,650 a
> month, costs almost 30 times as much as a 30-day supply of generic Abilify
> at a Costco pharmacy.

How much would a daily visit from a carer cost? If one carer had only three people to look after, then this would save nearly $60,000 a year to cover their employment. There would also be a number of other benefits, besides ensuring that the patient takes their medication.

> resident physicians in a busy emergency room spent 28 percent of their
> work time with patients and 43 percent on data entry, during which they
> made 4,000 keystrokes.

Providing each physician with a secretary proficient in typing and medical terminology would appear to allow them to at least double the time they spend with patients, while costing far less than doubling the number of physicians.

But in a Capitalist economy the technological solution is much more attractive than the human solution: because there is more profit to be made from a technological solution, and profit is everything!


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