The leverage wielded on politicians and policy makers by healthcare stakeholders whose ox would be gored if real cost-savings programs are put into place is enormous. It makes meaningful change all but impossible.
Is it possible to marry the liberal view of social change for the good of the people with the conservative belief that "social engineering" is doomed to fail in order to bring new benefits to society as a whole?
It’s not unusual for recovery from drugs or alcohol to be complicated by substitute addiction-trading in one bad habit for another potentially dangerous one.
We are already seeing benefits as well as downsides of new medical technology such as A.I, IoT, and CRISPR, but there is still so much we don't know.
Unlike other illnesses, addiction is one of the only afflictions where the patient is blamed for their condition even though addiction is a disease and not a character flaw.