Medical Tuesday Blog
Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around The World
by John C. Goodman, Gerald L. Musgrave, and Devon M. Herrick
As we move further into the twenty-first century, it is clear that we are living with a number of institutions that were not designed for the Information Age. One of those institutions is health care.
Virtually everyone agrees that our health care system needs reform. But what kind of reform? Some on the right would like to see us return to the type of system that prevailed in the 1950s. Some on the left would like to see us copy one of the government-run systems established in the mid-twentieth century and variously called socialized medicine, national health insurance and, more recently, single-payer health insurance. For example, Physicians for a National Health Program, claiming membership of 8,000 physicians and medical students, contends that “single-payer national health insurance would resolve virtually all of the major problems facing America’s health care system today.”
We believe that neither of these two alternatives will work. But before we explain why, let us stop to consider some central problems that every reform faces.
The complete book: http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/livesatrisk/Lives-at-Risk_NCPA.pdf (PDF | 5MB)
Lives at Risk by John Goodman, was reviewed in the early days of MedicalTuesday. Review these 20 Myths of Single Payer Medicine starting in August 2002 for twenty issues at http://medicaltuesday.net/archives/Aug2702.htm
Canadian Medicare does not give timely access to healthcare, it only gives access to a waiting list.
–Canadian Supreme Court Decision 2005 SCC 35,  1 S.C.R. 791