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Reader Jay, in a comment on my post about health-care costs tanking the economy, raises an interesting question about the sorts of standardized medical records that would be needed to evaluate efficacy (and therefore economic efficiency) of various treatments: The idea is clearly to have standardized health-care records systems so that data can easily be…

The Times’ Economix blog has a good post by Alan Krueger on the need toinclude patients’ lost time in estimates of health-care costs. After waiting more than an hour in a doctor’s waiting room, a friend of mine once presented his doctor with a bill for his time….. Although it doesn’t currently enter into our…

Check this very scary projection of what current trends in health-care spending will mean for our economy: a growing weight that will account for half of GDP by 2082: Peter Orszag, Obama’s budget director, shows that slide in his standard talk on what’s wrong with our budget. It shows why, as Ezra Klein puts it,…