I want to bring your attention to a Frontline documentary called Sick Around the World. It is an interview, comparison/contrast of other health care systems in most assuredly capitalist nation-states.
Frontline allows all shows to be watched on line, in full. Journalist T.R. Reid documented an exceptional overview of other health care systems from capitalist economic nation-states. I hope others watch and we start analyzing health care policy proposals from an economics and populist viewpoint.
What astounded me is the lower costs that other nations have in comparison to the United States.
In the UK:
health care is provided and financed by the government through tax payments, just like the police force or the public library
Now I must ask all conservatives, why is it the police or our military are just fine and dandy to pay for with taxpayer money, or the fire department, yet when it comes to health care, somehow that is in another category, somehow bad or communist?
One thing that struck me, a series of capitalists, completely corporate driven, free market, small government conservatives(such as Switzerland), stated this principle over and over again:
Health Care is a Basic Right
So might I point out that denial of public funded health care in the United States, is not conservative, it's more philosophically selfish, greedy and plain cruel as well as economically foolish.
Where is this attitude coming from in the United States that somehow people are responsible and almost should be punished if they become ill?
Then, what about the hidden costs? When workers get sick they are not productive, family members are stressed, trying to take care of their loved one, people avoid going to the Doctor for fear a bad diagnosis might cancel their health insurance.
Our national experience with regulation, currently characterized by the airline safety fiasco and since the Medicare 2003 reform, payment of private insurers an average of 13% more then regular Medicare per patient expenses, raises questions as to our ability to effectively regulate the private insurance sector in health care. This concern makes a responsible single payer system such as Medicare for everyone, a preferable program for universal coverage as compared to other proposals maintaining the high health insurance
David L Rabin MD
Chevy Cahse, MD