At the AAAS meeting, Eric Lander wonders why science and economics don’t mix very well, reports the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog. Lander says that that disconnect has contributed to problems in healthcare; he pointed to the fee-for-service system that encourages doctors to do more tests and procedures. There’s no incentive for developing vaccines or low-carbon energy, the WSJ adds.

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