The Winners and Losers in National Healthcare

 

This is the third post in a series about reducing healthcare cost in America.  The first post is 10 Steps to Lower Healthcare Cost in America  and the second is The Fundamental Problems in America’s Healthcare System.

You asked the average person in a country with socialized medicine if they like their country’s national health care plan and they will most likely say “Yes, of course….it is free.”  There is a certain reduction in expectations that goes along with socialized or national healthcare plan.  The thought is, it is free…what do you expect?  So, I would be an ingrate to complain about something that is free.   And no one expects a government-run monopoly to run efficiently.  Again the lowering of expectation.

As you dig deeper, you discover a lot of complaints about socialized medicine like long waits or inability to get certain operations and procedures and limited access to physicians.

On the other hand, you ask a person who lives in a country with socialized medicine about their taxes and they will go on and on about being overtaxed.  Again the slick politicians who sell socialized medicine sell it as something for free when in reality it is not free at all evidenced by higher taxes.  Higher taxes mean less money for growing the economy which means fewer jobs adding more to government assistance and increasing national debt.

Here is what you can expect with national socialized healthcare…

  1. Higher taxes
  2. Less access to many sophisticated procedures like MRI’s.
  3. Fewer doctors
  4. Doctors will essentially be employees of the state strongly regulating their every move.
  5. The inherent and unavoidable inefficiencies of any government-run monopolistic organization.  We all know this without belaboring the point.
  6. The politicization of health care which will be exploited by politicians.
  7. Once socialized, the priorities and funding for healthcare will compete against other government programs based on the prevailing political winds.
  8.  Inevitably when overall government inefficiencies put pressure on costs they arbitrarily force cost cuts thus reducing services or calling for even higher taxes to perpetuate a system growing in inefficiencies or as our system does…add it to the national debt. (Our national debt is already equal to our GDP).

Who are the winners and the losers in this system.

The Losers

    1.  The general public with higher taxes.
    2.  The general public with less efficiency
    3.  The general public with a reduction or significant delays to certain care
    4.  The temporarily poor and young who will move beyond being poor.
    5.  The doctors with lower incomes, more regulations and less freedom.
    6.  Hospital and all medical providers who will have less potential for profits and more regulation.

The Winners

  1. The general public in that costs will be better controlled in the short run.
  2. The Politicians with more opportunities to exert power.
  3. The Bureaucrats who will be a part of the government bloat.
  4. The Chronically poor will probably be a winner.

Few people discuss the subject of National Healthcare more eloquently than Ronald Reagan.  This fourteen minute clip will give you a clear vision of the problems with National Healthcare.

I leave you to make your own conclusions.  In the next few posts I plan to build a case for a third system for health care in America.  It is a system we have used before and one that will give us freedom, more choices and greater cost control.  You view the next article entitled Fixing Social Security Will Help Solve Healthcare.

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