Une médecine viable

Pratiquement tous les pays développés souffrent de la maladie chronique de la médecine moderne qui a pour nom la réforme du système de santé : l'application de certaines réformes engendre aussitôt une demande pour un autre tour réformiste. Les coûts continuent à monter, mais rien ne semble longtemps endiguer leur croissance.

Pourquoi ? La politique est certainement en partie responsable de cette escalade. Mais une raison plus fondamentale est la nature de la médecine moderne elle-même. La majorité des pays développés comportent un nombre et une proportion croissants de personnes âgées. Etant donné que les coûts des soins de santé pour les plus de 65 ans sont environ quatre fois plus élevés que pour les moins de 65 ans, les sociétés vieillissantes réclament massivement des ressources médicales.

Cette situation est aggravée par l'introduction constante de nouvelles technologies généralement plus onéreuses, combinée à une demande accrue pour des soins de santé de haute qualité. Nous voulons plus, attendons plus et nous plaignons plus bruyamment si nous ne l'obtenons pas. Lorsque nous l'obtenons , nous montons rapidement la barre car nous voulons toujours plus.

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