It is easy to focus on the ailments displayed in the ads. Heart, head, and lung diseases kill many people in developed countries. In the rest of the world, though, death comes sooner and from preventable causes. Diarrhea and infant maladies are treatable, but out of reach of those communities. Lifespans show the difference: 81 years versus 59 years. If the goal of health care is to benefit the most people, then shifting spending from old-age issues to delivering existing treatments to poorer communities is the best use of the resources. The world, however, has not worked that way.
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