The Thinking Man: Purchasing Your Future Body

I want a new knee.   OK, maybe that is a bit dramatic.  I want my knee to work better for longer than it currently does.  How much longer do I have to wait until I can get a replacement that works better than the original?  A while yes, but progress is being made.

You’ve probably seen the Cheetah legs before but as this story discusses, the future holds some interesting questions.  Do the legs give an advantage and if they do,  what are we supposed to do about it?

If you look ahead, you can see that this type of personal augmentation will wreak havoc with how we treat health care.  We all know that our health care costs are rising but what happens when someone literally wants to become a six-million dollar man?  Assume for a moment that new knee exists.  It won’t be cheap.  Who pays?

For a guy like me who can still get around, this might qualify as a luxury purchase.  For someone who had been hobbled for years and is in constant pain, insurance will pay the bills.  Where does the line get drawn?  I suspect this will become a key consideration in the future.

Posted on by jake Posted in The Beat

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