Don't Trust the Conventional Wisdom in Health Care -- Part 1
While he may not have been the first to say it, Steven D. Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (2005) is credited with the quotation: "The conventional wisdom is often wrong." Levitt bundles this concept with a distinction between positive and normative analysis. In the purest sense, positive economics is objective and fact based, while normative economics is subjective and value based. However, this clear distinction can become muddied. As Investopedia reminds us, "Positive economic statements do not have to be correct, but they must be able to be tested and proved or disproved. Normative economic statements are opinion based, so they cannot be proved or disproved." By way of example, the statement, "Government should provide basic healthcare to all citizens" is a normative economic statement. The statement, "Government-provided health care increases public expenditures" is a positive economic statement, because it can be proved or disproved by examining health care spending data. Riffing on John Kenneth Galbraith's The Affluent Society (1958), which devotes an entire chapter to the topic, Levitt asserts that conventional wisdom must be simple, convenient, comfortable, and comforting, though not necessarily true. Moreover, once established and enshrined by the experts and their media co-conspirators -- who often cite each other as proof -- this "wisdom" can be exceedingl...
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