John Goodman writes about something that will be a big problem, as medical knowledge increases. We’re increasingly finding out that different people respond differently to the same treatment, depending on their genetics and the DNA of whatever is attacking them. As our knowledge about these differences increases, we will increasingly have individualized treatments.
Everything about ObamaCare — from its emphasis on pilot programs and demonstration projects to its faith in “evidence-based care” — is all about standardization. It’s about treating all patients with the same condition the same way. It’s about herd medicine. It’s about cookbook medicine. It’s about assembly line medicine. It’s as different from personalized care as different can be.
Unless we make large scale reforms to our existing regulations, we will increasingly end up knowing how to treat someone’s condition yet it will illegal for the doctor to deviate from the standardized treatment in order to apply the personalized care that the patient needs.