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The real problem with Babylon


From HMG’s Treasury macroeconomic perspective health care should generate GDP or at least be cost neutral. This works by keeping workers fit enough to work and so increase their productivity. Decreasing morbidity and mortality for ‘others’ is a drain on the economy. The government unsuccessfully attempted to increase GDP by trying to sell the NHS to other countries at the Olympics with Danny Boyle’s extravaganza: So the government are trying anything to reduce the costs of the NHS. Demand for healthcare will increase. Healthcare workers are expensive. Getting patients used to receiving virtual healthcare will enable the government to employ cheaper healthcare workers from third world countries without increasing immigration. Their ultimate model is to use AI instead of humans and to decrease the costs of training by employing workers trained only to perform individually simple tasks that AI combined with robots are incapable of delivering.

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01 Dec 2017

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