Healthcare just got (a tad) less expensive

Apparently there is an easy at home cure for tennis elbow which will run you all of $20 instead of expensive treatment hours with a specialist.

While this will probably only lower the nations healthcare bill by some %0.001 or something, whatever new healthcare system we get should be encouraging discovery and development of techniques such as these.  I’m not sure the current proposals on offer do anything to encourage innovation of this type.  Unfortunate.

From the New York Times:

Phys Ed: An Easy Fix for Tennis Elbow?

By Gretchen Reynolds

August 25, 2009, 11:54 pm
In a medical advance inspired by recessionary thinking, researchers from the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City announced last month that they’ve developed an effective and supremely cheap treatment for chronic tennis elbow. Huddling a while back to brainstorm about inexpensive methods for combating the injury, the scientists glanced around their offices and noticed a homely, low-tech rubber bar, about 8 inches long, which, at the time, was being used for general physical therapy programs. The researchers wondered whether the ribbed, pliable bars, available for less than $20, might be re-purposed to treat tennis elbow. The answer, it soon become clear, was a resounding yes. ….

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