Thursday, May 13, 2004


The Cost of Health Care

The cost of health care is not a new concern, as this epigram by Euricius Cordus (1486-1535) shows:
Tres medicus facies habet: unam, quando rogatur,
  angelicam; mox est, cum iuvat, ipse Deus;
post, ubi curato poscit sua praemia morbo,
  horridus apparet terribilisque Satan.
A doctor has three guises: one, when he is asked for help,
  angelic; then, when he actually helps, he is God himself;
last, when he asks for his fee after curing the illness,
  he seems a fearsome and terrible Satan.

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