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Are the Benefits of Medicine Worth What We Pay for It? 15th Annual Herbert Lourie Memorial Lecture on Health Policy

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    • Mortality rates in the first 3 months after a heart attack have fallen by about 75%.  
    • About 2/3 of reduced mortality from cardiovascular disease is a result of medical interventions.  
    • The share of elderly with impairments in their ability to live independently went down between 1% and 1.5% annually between 1984 and 2004, compared to the historical annual decline in…