Blog | Friday, April 10, 2009

Another recession health trend


What's the latest luxury to go out of style? Fertility! According to today's New York Times, vasectomy rates have been on the increase since the economy went into its decrease. Men don't see kids in the budget and want the procedure taken care of now in case they lose their insurance, the article says.

Since Slate.com has an entire department devoted to debunking these sorts of trend stories, you'd be well-advised to take this news with a serving of salt (even if the NYC health department would disapprove). But it does raise some interesting questions. Is a slowing of population growth going to be a silver lining to the economic crisis? Is this good or bad for medicine? Sure, there'll be less strain on overcrowded maternity wards, but who's going to grow up to fill the dwindling ranks of primary care physicians?