Brian Fung at The Atlantic:
Every year, the United States spends eight times as much money on unnecessary health-care costs as the Pentagon spent for each year of its operations in Iraq.
When it comes to healthcare reform, we need to think beyond simply who pays (us or the government). We need to think about why it’s so expensive in the first place. This is a great place to start.
Remember that nationalized healthcare wouldn’t address things like Unnecessary Services1, Inefficient Care Delivery, Inflated Prices, and Fraud. That’s a significant chunk of the research.
Nationalized healthcare however would help address Administrative Costs and (some) Prevention Failures.
The discussion needs to start to evolve, or else the government will go just as broke. It’s not like Medicare is a shining model of financial stability as it is.
- Doctors are really good at hiding their services [↩]