3 blogs tackle the issue of socialized medicine.
On Canada and its health care woes, Abducens Nucleus blog (bonus points for a clever and funny blog title):
Because health care is largely free in Canada, demand is likely to exceed supply. It’s just human nature. Thus, waiting lists become the principal way of rationing medical care and holding down spending. And after 16 years of tracking growing waiting lists, the Fraser Institute observes that the problem is probably not a temporary one that can be fixed with a little more money or time. They note that provinces with higher spending per capita do not experience shorter wait times.
Just as we saw in the old Soviet system with its long lines for food and basic services, government central planning does not efficiently match supply with demand. And human beings will always seek more of something that is free. As one free market advocate states, “Long waits and widespread denial of needed care are a permanent and necessary part of government-run systems.”
Covering France is the Health Care BS blog, “French health care for the US? merci, non”, regarding the WHO’s rankings of health care systems (France is no. 1, US is no. 37) and how they take into account “fairness in financing”:
This dubious standard deliberately stacks the deck in favor of government-run health care systems. When it is removed, the ranking changes dramatically.
So, once again, the evangelists of socialized medicine are trying to pass off a sow’s ear as a silk purse. Aucune vente.
And finally, for our English-speaking friends across the ocean, InsureBlog has an anecdote about what happens “when bureaucrats take a perfectly reasonable goal (sensitivity to folks’ beliefs) and take it to absurd lengths”:
“HOSPITAL staff in the Lothians* have been told not to eat at their desks to avoid offending Muslim colleagues during Ramadan. NHS Lothian has advised doctors and other health workers not to have working lunches during the 30-day fast, which begins next month.”
Well said, folks. And let it be known that I am not arguing that our health care system in the US is perfect. It’s not, but if we are serious about lowering health care costs and improving accessibility (without infringing on our personal liberties by having some government bureaucrat tell you what procedures/medicines you may or may not have), there are much better alternatives than socialized medicine.