Government healthcare doesn’t work.
From The Guardian:
The body that represents hospitals across England has issued a startling warning that the NHS is close to breaking point because of its escalating cash crisis.
Years of underfunding have left the service facing such “impossible” demands that without urgent extra investment in November’s autumn statement it will have to cut staff, bring in charges or introduce “draconian rationing” of treatment – all options that will provoke public disquiet, it says.
In an unprecedentedly bleak assessment of the NHS’s own health, NHS Providers, which speaks for hospital trust chairs and chief executives, tells ministers that widespread breaches of performance targets, chronic understaffing and huge overspends by hospitals mean that it is heading back to the visible decline it last experienced in the 1990s.
Healthcare rationing is so progressive, you guys.
The pushers of universal healthcare in the United States will always cite the success of massive public organizations like the NHS, even though wait times are much longer, the care received is worse and treatment is rationed. Of course, they’ll tell you that care isn’t rationed but as I’ve stated before, if there’s not enough money, it must be. There is no other alternative.
When profit and competition no longer plays a role in an industry, as is easily predicted, the quality of services goes down and spending goes up. The free market solves this problem.
You and the high horse you rode in on might, for some uninformed reason, think it vulgar that hospitals earn a profit and compete with one another. But trust me, your care is better and cheaper because of it. The problems in America’s healthcare industry are direct results of government, not the free market.
I think we do need to take a lesson from the NHS. And that lesson is simple: Single-payer healthcare is horrible.
Exit thought: Remember that time all the hospitals in the US experienced simultaneous budget crises that resulted in health rationing? Wait…