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I would have been rather nice if this strike were a prospective
evaluation of the real benefits of active interventions in the acutely ill
and preventative measures in the chronically ill, fewer patients being
said to have died during the Israeli doctors strike than when they were
not on strike. A subgroup analysis would, however, almost certainly reveal
some classes of patient in which the strike had an adverse effect upon
outcome. The inference is that other classes might be being adversely
affected by their medical care.
These are very interesting times for the medical profession and for
politicians because of access to the internet, the potential accuracy of
Google diagnoses, and increasing access to better and better monitoring
and communications technology. Jobs are almost certainly going to be
lost. The question is which ones.