Personal medicine or population medicine: which will it be for you?
Personal medicine starts with you and your doctor discussing what is the best care for you. After considering long-term medical effects as well as financial costs, you and your provider decide what to do.
Population medicine means that some panel, committee, or group determines what it consider cost-effective for a population. That could be an insurance company or a government agency. Medical care that is deemed "cost-effective" is authorized and therefore available for use.