The cost containment of healthcare.

This is a video from the libertarian group The Cato Institute and it talks about universal healthcare. It raises some interesting points, in particular that of the states involvement in running medical services, eventually it will result in rationing, this will come via the government lead centralised system, or via the open market system via prices.

Having spent some time recently in hospital it has lead me to believe that we have top class people within the system, but that it is the system itself which is the issue, a 13 hour wait time in ’emergency’ gave me plenty of time to reflect. Healthcare is a central area of our tax spending, getting it right might involve changing our views of what is and isn’t expected from state healthcare before we try to change the operation behind it.

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