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Sir Michael Marmot's
IHE team

Economics as if health mattered

29th June 2013 07:47

"Were the economies of the UK, most countries of Europe, and the USA patients, we might diagnose anaemia or worse. Prognosis? If we did nothing there are three possibilities for the short to medium term: the patient would remain ill, she would recover, or she would die. The government in charge at the time could either claim the credit, or attract the blame, even if they did nothing at all. And in the long run? Remember, John Maynard Keynes said that in the long run we are all dead. Perhaps anticipating current debates as to what to do about our ailing economies, Keynes went on: economists set themselves too easy, too useless a task if in tempestuous seasons they can only tell us that when the storm is past the ocean is flat again..."

To read the full article go to the Lancet website