Would Gov't Go Broke Providing Universal Healthcare?
A simple question (comment) was asked to my last blog about healthcare. Kennyboy81 asked "I'm curious why the gov't would go broke providing free healthcare for everyone.It works in the 7 other countries in the G8..."
The answer is rationing. Here are some excellent articles on the subject (I specifically looked for articles from unbiased web sites - not right wing propaganda):
Rationing Care from Limited Funds (from BBC News)
"The NHS cannot, and never has been able to, offer every treatment to everyone who needs it."
Speech at German Medical Assembly in Mainz
"We doctors in Germany—let me say this once again clearly—do not want rationing; we do not want any cuts in medical services. But we also do not want to continue to be held responsible for the state-decreed shortages in doctors' offices and clinics." --President of the German Medical Association
French Avoid Rationing - Run Up Deficits
... in 2005 the health care system ran a €11.6 billion deficit and in 2006 the health care system had a €10.3 billion deficit. No centrally planned health insurance system will be immune from occasional (or even frequent) deficits.
LA TIMES (very liberal)
Britain and Canada control costs in a very specific fashion: The government sets a budget for how much will be spent on healthcare that year, and the system figures out how to spend that much and no more.