Imagine there was a technology that could have saved the lives of everyone who died in the Japanese earthquake and tsunami and the Christchurch earthquake, with spare capacity for the Queensland floods. How much would you want the government to pay for that? Quite a lot, I’m guessing.

Of course that’s impossible, but in the middle of the tragic news from Japan we received word of a new treatment for hepatitis C that has good prospects of increasing cure rates and avoiding side-effects  so terrible many people prefer the disease. Only The Age and ABC seem to have covered it.