The health bill which the government is running through congress talks about “Comparative Effectiveness”. This is supposed to compare the cost effectiveness of treatment options, and recipients of care.
Here’s how it applies in the real world:
Say you have a 1972 Vega, and a 2009 BMW. Each needs a new transmission, which will cost $3,500.
Where will you spend the money?
I think this also explains the $500 billion cuts in Medicare.