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Beware the Government-Hospital Complex

August 1, 2012

The first time that I saw a computer there were two in the room. One of them took up most of the south side of a floor of the Computer Science Building and the other took up most of the north side.

To the best of my memory, the first time I saw a hospital it took up much of a city block.

Today, I and millions of you each have have more computing power in our individual smart phones than there was on the entire floor of the Computer Science Building. Computing power, the distribution of new media sources, the ability to put electrical power back onto the grid, and hundreds of other advances all result from the explosion caused by the microchip.

So then why is it that hospitals are getting larger, not smaller? Why is it that hospitals are assuming the functions of physicians, not the other way around?

Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex. Is the government – hospital complex just as dangerous? In my mind, it is even more so. Why do large hospitals continue to exist?

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