Stanford PhD candidate Govind Persad will give a talk titled, "Progress, Not Perfection: Providing Lower-Cost Medical Interventions Internationally and Domestically". Registration is free, but required. Lunch will be provided.
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When deciding how to use a fixed pool of money for health care, we should focus on providing lower-cost interventions to more individuals rather than high-cost individuals to a few. Lower-cost options that sacrifice a modicum of effectiveness for great gains in affordability are widely accepted in other areas of life, even where health and safety are at stake. In contrast to these examples, lower-cost but less-effective interventions have been underexplored in the health care setting.
We will consider examples, including HIV pharmaceutical therapy, in both international and domestic settings, where we can save lives and improve population health by pursuing progress rather than holding out for perfection. In the course of doing so, we will rebut arguments that each person is fundamentally entitled to the most effective intervention available, or that requiring the provision of the most effective medical intervention is justified in order to drive down the price of that intervention.