[LMB] No lefties in the Nexus

Agnes Charrel-Berthillier agnes at charrel.net
Wed Oct 9 00:35:42 BST 2019


On 10/8/19 15:04, Matthew George wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 3:03 PM Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org> wrote:
>
>> A society can try that of course, but more money will always have access
>> to more resources, so while society may have medical care as basic
>> universal human rights, the rich people will *always* have even better
>> medical care.
>
> Quite wrong, Mr. Lynx.  "Failure to Thrive" was once much more common among
> infants born to the rich than to the poor.

<snip>

Would you accept "almost always"?

There are indeed documented cases where more care is not better care 
(e.g. the initial transition of maternity care from midwives to the 
hospital setting before understanding of germ theory, anesthesia and 
antibiotics). But there are many, many more cases where more money just 
leads to better general outcomes. As shown by life expectancy by income 
strata pretty much everywhere.


Agnes




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