Universal Health Care… A huge Mistake

From USA Today  

So what do Americans want when it comes to health care? Two things, according to a citizens group created by Congress: protection for all from high medical expenses and guaranteed coverage for specific checkups and treatments. 

The Utopian view sounds great but fails to consider any of the consequences of socialized medicine.  Cconsequences such as those described in this March 2005 article from the Associated Press via CBS News  about some of the woes of Canada’s health care system.

A letter from the Moncton Hospital to a New Brunswick heart patient in need of an electrocardiogram said the appointment would be in three months. It added: “If the person named on this computer-generated letter is deceased, please accept our sincere apologies.”

The patient wasn’t dead, according to the doctor who showed the letter to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. But there are many Canadians who claim the long wait for the test and the frigid formality of the letter are indicative of a health system badly in need of emergency care.

Another aspect that is seldom considered in the universal health-care debate is the consistent shortages of health-care professionals.  The Education required for doctors is long and expensive, if once they get their education they can not earn the money to pay back student loans then the best and brightest in this country will pursue a career in which they can.  Medical schools certainly are not going to lower their tuition or perhaps those advocating socialized medicne also want the federal government to pick up that tab as well.  

Medical costs are expensive, but the only way to achieve any type of happy medium in affordability and in high quality is to assume individual responsibility for our own healthcare not letting the federal government assume that responsability for us.  Creating a whole new burocracy to manage healthcare costs will actually increase the costs to society and reduce the quality of the health care available.

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  1. dale

    Why is it so hard to comprehend? There are three groups who can pay health costs: the government, business, and you.
    If you make $10 hour working in a company that makes less teh $1M a year, than neither you nor the company can afford healthcare.
    Business cannot afford healthcare and you cannot afford health care.That only leaves the government.
    Of course, we could write a law that says businesses must pay healthcare costs but that would hurt businesses. We could also write a law that forces insurance companies to write policies that minimum wage earners could afford but that also would hurt business,the insurance business, and would likely raise rates on property and casualty insurance to offset the losses.

    Our other option is to say screw healthcare for Americans and we would have 45 million people without healthcare. And that is where we are now,today.

    National Healthcare need not be socialized medicine. Ther is no requirement that government clinics be established for a nationwide healthcare policy.There is no requirement for medical treatment plans either. A voucher system would work very well within the private healthcare system.

  2. Nope.

    Better, I guess, to let those with jobs without benefits simply suffer and die.

  3. Bob;

    Those people that have jobs that doesn’t offer health benefits should be doing something to improve themselves to make themselves more marketable to employers… That and pressure the employers into providing health benefits.

    Darrell

  1. 1 Canada, Dialing 9-1-1… « Morning Coffee

    […] In an earlier post on nationalized healthcare I wrote that that the only way to control the cost of health care was for individuals to assume more financial responsibility for their own health-care.  Fact is that if we as consumers are not held responsible for what we what we consume we do not care how much a product costs or how wasteful we are with it.  It doesn’t matter if that product is Gasoline, junk food, or healthcare.  An excerpt of my earlier post is below.    Medical costs are expensive, but the only way to achieve any type of happy medium in affordability and in high quality is to assume individual responsibility for our own health-care not letting the federal government assume that responsibility for us.  Creating a whole new bureaucracy to manage health-care costs will actually increase the costs to society and reduce the quality of the health care available. […]




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