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July 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

National Healthcare

Thanks to Mark Levin, here is a compilation of the horrors of national healthcare.  For those of you who keep inisiting that national health care is a requirement that the government needs to provide everyone.

Background on problems caused by government intervention in the health care market.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS INCLUDES the UNITED STATES health care industry, which is HEAVILY regulated…with the usual results.

Worldwide Experiments in Socialism
Links, articles and figures detailing widespread and specific problems in countries with varying degrees of socialized health care.

  • Great Britain
  • Other European Countries
  • Canada
  • Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  • Cuba
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Americans Blindly Supporting More Government through so-called Universal Health Care
    Socialist health care system supporters often point to sky rocketing health insurance prices in the U.S. as a problem with a “capitalist” system. However, all of the pervasive problems within the U.S. health care system are a direct result of statism.

  • U.S. health care problems caused by government intervention
  • Economicsyes, it applies to health care, too
  • Straight from the Statist Guide Book…

  • What about those “40 million without health insurance”?
  • Why does “the U.S. spend such a high percentage of its GDP on health care”?
  • Great Britain
    Great Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) was created on July 5, 1948. As with all government programs, bureaucrats underestimated initial cost projections. First-year operating costs of NHS were 52 million pounds higher than original estimates1 as Britons saturated the so-called free system.Many decades of shortages, misery and suffering followed until 1989, when some market-based health care competition was reintroduced to the British citizens2.

    Unfortunately for those requiring care, a mostly socialist health care system has problems. The articles and commentaries in this section identify some disasters caused by government intervention in the British health care system.

    I also recommend reading David G. Green and Laura Casper’s economic report, Delay, Denial and Dilution: The Impact of NHS Rationing on Heart Disease and Cancer to see the inevitable outcome of the necessary rationing of government health care.

    Straight from the newspapers

    Other European Countries

    Parliament unanimously passed the Canada Health Act in 1984 and established a single-payer, publicly-financed health care system. To ensure a true government monopoly (is there any other kind?) Canadian provinces outlawed private health insurance. Chaoulli v. Quebec UPDATE (June 9, 2005): In a 4 to 3 decision, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down Quebec’s law that prohibits private medical insurance.

    U.S. Patients have Greater Access to Advanced Medical Technology Than Do Canadians

    Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

    The Cuban Government has implemented a two-tiered medical system (e.g. “medical apartheid”) that caters to foreign tourists while denying native Cubans access to basic medical necessities (at least it is “free” to them). This attempt to draw foreign dollars is one of many programs that were necessary once the Soviet subsidies ended in the early nineties.

    New Zealand
    New Zealand’s Ministry of Health is the New Zealand “Government’s principal agent and advisor on health and disability.”

    Australia’s universal health care scheme is relatively new (introduced in 1983, which built on the 1974 Medibank program). As with all socialized health care systems, there is a mixture of public versus private care (approximately 30% of Australians also retain private health insurance). As a result, the private patients receive better care than their medicare counterparts. The salary caps and artificial increase in demand for care that always occur in a national health care system are resulting in predictable physician shortages.

    U.S. health care problems caused by government intervention
    All of the pervasive problems within the U.S. health care system are a direct result of statism. Unfortunately, most Americans buy into the feel-good soundbites and look to the socialist utopia to provide answers, not understanding that additional government intervention always worsens the problems.Not even the so-called experts who villify capitalism understand the difference between Statism/socialism and liberty (see Dr. Arnold S. Relman’s For-Profit Health Care: Expensive, Inefficient and Inequitable, in which he refers to “HMOs that would be paid by the government” as “care under the private system”).

    Health care is a limited commodity- even if the statists ignore this fact.

    Footnotes [top]
    1 – M. Foot (1997). Aneurin Bevan: A Biography. New York: Atheneum. [Great Britain]
    2 – P. Day and R. Klein, “Britain’s Health Care Experiment,” Health Affairs, Fall 1991, pp. 39-59; and A. Enthoven, “Internal Market Reform of the British Health Service,” Health Affairs, Fall 1991, pp. 60-70. [Great Britain]

    July 2, 2009 Posted by | Politics, World News | Leave a comment