Will AI Medical Advance only be Affordable by the Rich

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is expected to revolutionize the industry by streamlining diagnoses, improving clinical outcomes, and automating administrative tasks [1] [2]. However, there are concerns that AI medical advances may only be affordable by the rich, which could widen the gap between rich and poor countries [3].

The opportunities and potential sources of growth that advanced economies like the United States and China enjoyed during their early stages of economic development are remarkably different from what less developed economies like Cambodia and Tanzania are facing today [3]. New technology risks shifting more investment to advanced economies where automation is already established, which could have negative consequences for jobs in developing countries by threatening to replace rather than complement their growing labor force [3].

It is important to note that the availability of AI medical advances to the average, mainstream users is crucial for these solutions to revolutionize medicine and healthcare [4]. As the technology behind these systems progresses, AI will soon be as much a part of our healthcare experience as doctors, nurses, waiting rooms, and pharmacies [2]. Forbes reports that AI is poised to revolutionize procedures and tasks across industries, including healthcare, and that AI in healthcare is projected to grow at an annualized 48% between 2017 and 2023 [1] [5].


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