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Health care MUST be in public provision and accessible to all in order to . . .

from Grazia Ietto Gillies

The expenditure given [in the chart] include both private and public expenditure as far as I know. That the US have a VERY inefficient health care system is well known but it can only be made clear by looking also at outcomes such as Infant mortality rate or life expectancy alla available from OECD health statistics.

Why such inefficiency. Well then you have to look at the organization of health systems not just the stats. In countries with high private provision a lot of the expenditure goes to insurance companies, lawyers for litigation, profits of health care companies and of insurance companies and pharmaceuticals etc.

Apart from these GROSS inefficiencies, systems that rely heavily on private provision and insurance cannot be expected to cope with PUBLIC health issues like Covid19. If the poor people get it – and they are more likely for many reasons including overcrowding habitations – the rich may also get Covid.

I hope that once we emerge from this nightmare the message becomes clearer: anything to do with health care MUST be in public provision and accessible to all in order to protect us all and achieve efficiencies.

  1. Ikonoclast
    April 6, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Correct. Blind Freddy can see this. Blind Freddy can see it because he is one the persons who needs proper public health and disability assistance.

    Another need around the world and even in Australia (which has a reasonable but could-be-better medical public health system) is for public dental health. This is often over-looked. There are a number of co-morbidities (not to mention pain and loss of life enjoyment) associated with poor dental outcomes. We can build excessive armed forces and huge subsidized sports stadiums (to name two examples) but we can’t build dental clinics,. Puh-lease! As my grade 6 teacher used to say, “Can’t means won’t.” when he referred to something clearly within human capabilities by age.

    It’s all about the misapplication of resources and the associated opportunity costs. If you build crap and allow big businesses to advertise, make and peddle crap then you can’t make enough good stuff. It’s as simple as that. But there are big vested interests heavily into the promotion and consumption of unnecessary crap. Take an example at random… speedboats! If I ruled the world or even a country I would say “No speedboats until there are no children with dental caries.” Who needs personal speedboats really? They are totally necessary, belch CO2 and spread invasive aquatic weed. One could think of a thousand such examples where the capitalist system produces human and ecosystem damage and not anything beneficial or constructive.

  2. Patrick Newman
    April 6, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    I cannot understand why the American people put up with such a and god damned health service. Obama struggled just to get some basic insurance for a minority of the population.

    • political economist
      April 8, 2020 at 8:11 pm

      Obama struggled to make sure single payer would not get a public hearing.

  3. Grayce
    April 7, 2020 at 12:44 am

    For-profit public service health insurance is an anachronism (or something self-contradicting).

  4. Ken Zimmerman
    April 20, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Why would providing health care be off the list for investors to pursue a profit? Few other things have ever been off that list. Slaves, human organs, sex trafficking, UFC, hunting endangered species, selling people homes with mortgages that make it impossible for them to stay in the home, massacring entire nations for natural resources, etc. As a very rich “friend” from college told me — money is money, get it any way you can. After all, the blood doesn’t show.

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