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follow tovarichpeter 2017 Sep 13, 9:09am
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If you don't want to be taxed heavily for health care, then take away the power of hospitals and insurance companies and make health care cheaper. Otherwise, one way or another all your wealth will be going to those companies.
Is it unreasonable to ask our government to fix Medicare, Medicaid and the VA before taking over the rest of our healthcare?
BTW - was Bernie wrong here?
And he's proposing Medicare for all, not Medicaid for all
Even commercial insurers would agree prices are kind of exotic sometimes in comparison with real costs.
Dan8267 saysAnd he's proposing Medicare for all, not Medicaid for allFor citizens only? Illegals still flock to the ER?
Yes, exactly, the fundamental problem is that prices are hidden and arbitrarily high. Competition would be good for the non-emergency medical market, but it is being prevented.
Patrick saysYes, exactly, the fundamental problem is that prices are hidden and arbitrarily high. Competition would be good for the non-emergency medical market, but it is being prevented.No, the fundamental problem is that health care doesn't exhibit many of the prerequisites needed for a free market. It has very inelastic demand. It has very specialized knowledge that most consumers cannot take the time to learn. Supply of many services is limited.
I think we could learn a lot from Singapore:https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/singapores-health-care-system-holds-lessons-for-u-s/ "Singapore has a range of policies that support health care, Haseltine said. For example, Singaporeans are required to have a health savings plan, called Medisave, that works like a 401K retirement savings plan in the U.S; the government sets both policies and prices for private insurance companies; health care costs for services and procedures must be completely transparent; there’s a minister of “wellness” who emphasizes the importance of a healthy diet and exercise and works to curb smoking; there are high health care subsidies for those with low incomes; and the government invests heavily in medical education.""He thinks that Singapore’s emphasis on “social harmony”—on ensuring that everything in society works well a...
The government of the US has a much heavier hand in the healthcare system than singapore.
Yes, treat them in the ER and then deport them