In Essence

"disease agencies" (e.g., the Heart Fund) have fostered a "national obsession" with disease. In turn, "unsupportable demands" have arisen for illusory preventive medicine; seeing the doctor has become a "cultural habit." Redesigned for use only when really needed, Thomas contends, the health system would probably cost much less; new investment should be for research to move future health technology beyond the "halfway" point.