Jack Benny and Health Care

Reading about health care economics can put even a caffeinated person to sleep so as I go I've been keeping a list of quotes. Not from the authors. Quotes used by the authors to try to lighten things up. Here are a few andwe welcome your additions.

1) From Lawrence Casalino's scholarly article Markets and Medicine:

The Doctor's Dilemma, George Bernard Shaw (1911) pointed out the obvious problem with the traditional fee-for-service approach: "that any sane nation, having observed that you could provide for the supply of bread by giving bakers a pecuniary interest in baking for you, should go on to give a surgeon a pecuniary interest in cutting off your leg, is enough to make one despair of political humanity."

2) John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods began his recent column with this:

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
—Margaret Thatcher

3) This opinion piece by author Craig Karpel, in the WSJ, questions the conventional wisdom that we spend too much on health care.

In the signature radio sketch of Jack Benny, whose performing persona was laughably frugal, actor Eddie Marr snarled at him, "Don't make a move—this is a stickup. Now, come on: Your money or your life." Benny didn't respond. The "robber" said, "Look, bud—I said your money or your life!" Whereupon Benny shot back, "I'm thinking it over!"

I tracked down the audio of that Jack Benny show from 1948. It occurs at about 26 minutes if you want to skip ahead, but then you'd miss the cigarette advertisement for Lucky Strike.



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