>From: Damien Broderick <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Public Health Care (was Re: More Green Party)
>Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 15:57:07 +1000
>At 06:00 PM 29/06/00 -0700, James wrote:
> >> there's nothing stopping people here from buying insurance and getting
> >> swifter treatment.)
> >except perhaps that they've already been taxed for
> >as much money as they can afford to support the less responsive
> >system. All this does is allow a narrower segment of the well-off to be
> >able to afford high-quality treatment than would otherwise be the case.
>There's a 30 percent rebate on the health tax component (which is a bit
>over 1 percent of tax levied, as I recall, a pretty good investment in
>social utility in my view) to those taking out private insurance. And as I
>mentioned, quite often people with insurance are treated by public
>hospitals anyway, where specialised equipment and expertise have been
>purchased at communal expense.
Has it occured to you that public health care works in the same way as the
Soviet centralized production system? It didn't work there, why should it
It works in other countries since we have an unhealthy mix of socialism and
capitalism (in various degrees), and the private sector is productive so
that the public can continue to exist, pumping new funds into it.
Now imagine the health care sector liberated from its GOSPLAN mentality.
That's really transhumanism.
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