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This came in the inbox today:

Dear Dr. Gelman,

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I have a feeling that this sort of thing is one reason why we in the U.S. spend twice as much per capita on health care compared to other countries without getting anything useful out of it.


  1. K? O'Rourke says:

    Might have changed

    but when the group I was working with in the 1980s on an NIH grant to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of clinical trials …

    the amount spent on research was trivial compared to the amount spent on treatments.


  2. Jess says:

    It's definitely not academic research scientists driving up costs. Otoh you can trace the cost of pharmaceuticals in the us to the big drug companies.

  3. You at least published in a bio-related journal — I started getting spam like this after publishing an article in CyberPsychology & Behavior as a grad student. The upside was that somebody was calling me "Dr." a year before I defended.