"And it was back in the mid-1980s, and as I point out in a piece, that was when we are spending about eight percent of our gross domestic product on health care. And even then, we had the impression that so much of the excessive, aggressive medical treatment that took place at the end of life was not only unnecessary but it was cruel."
"I'm not feeling very well - I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course."Richard Dooling on Groucho Marx
"A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running."Richard Dooling on Groucho Marx
"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."Richard Dooling on Erma Bombeck
"They certainly give very strange names to diseases."Richard Dooling on Plato
"Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it."Richard Dooling on Erma Bombeck
"Over and over again, financial experts and wonkish talking heads endeavor to explain these mysterious, 'toxic' financial instruments to us lay folk. Over and over, they ignobly fail, because we all know that no one understands credit default obligations and derivatives, except perhaps Mr. Buffett and the computers who created them."
"Yet now we are faced with the sickening suspicion that technology has run ahead of us."