The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

This movie, with its hints of Metamorphosis and Maya Deren, probably will stand as one of the best of the last ten years.  Of course it has a deeply economic theme: how much of the value of life stems from our ability to trade, and how much from our ability to play games of pure coordination?  Plus the French health care system is so good that all the nurses are beautiful and pay infinite attention to a single patient, or maybe that is just how French movies are made.

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Plus the French health care system is so good that all the nurses are beautiful

Finally, a health care plan I can support wholeheartedly.

I do not really see the deeply economic theme in either the book or the film, but then again, I tend not to see markets in everything. And the most recent study on preventable deaths is also significant evidence in favor of the French health care system:

http://www.medhumanities.org/2008/01/on-preventable.html

It's not odd at all if you consider that only about 1-2% of U.S. health care resources are expended on prevcentive medicine and public health measures. Most other industrialized countries understand quite well that the quickest way to improve population health is to focus on the latter; in some sense, this is the entire mission of the WHO. But preventive medicine and public health are not supported in the U.S. because (1) there's little opportunity for profit in such activities, and (2) it does not cohere well with the atomistic, individualistic American political culture. The entire point of such measures is that you do not see the sick person in front of you, and that does not engender the kind of support and resources acute care does. As such, it is entirely unsurprising that so many other health care systems outperform ours on preventable deaths.

The unconscionable rate of medical error in the U.S. is probably also a factor.

Didn't hundreds (if not thousands) of elderly French people die in the capital during a heat wave? Just wondering.

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