All true...but what does that have to do with what English said?> > > Many of the great success stories in clobbering diseases are publicly > > funded. They drive such things as health and sanitation education, and > > vaccination programs. Of course these then provide the market and incentive > > for corporations to refine and supply the vaccines, etc. Both sides > > (capitalist and publicly funded organisations) need each other to create a > > balanced environment. > > > > If we had just capitalism managing medicine then we would see incredibly > > expensive medicine that would serve the rich (that's where the money is), > > but not much else. > >You are improperly assuming that no capitalist would engage in >philanthropic activities, which is actually how much of the non-profit >research is funded.
Drop. Bucket....> > If we had only publicly managed medicine then we would see medicine ossify > > and become more and more entrenched in tradition. > > > > Neither is the whole solution. Diversity, as in most things, is important. > > > > I worry when the economic rationalist religion is propagated as the > > ultimate truth. It isn't. The world just isn't that simple. > > > > Did you know that many people who travel to USA worry about getting ill > > while over there and accruing massive and crippling medical bills for > > treatment that in Australia or UK or Europe would be relatively > > inconsequential? Your medical system is heavily privatised and the most > > expensive on the planet. > >Part of the reason it is so expensive is because socialist health >systems externalize their highest costs onto our market, which drives up >demand and therefore prices. How is this done? By purposely rationing >expensive treatements such that the waiting lines for these treatments >are longer than the life expectancy of the patients, so they instead >come here to the US, pay out of their own pocket to get treated, and >their buying that treatment here drives up the price here for our sick >people to get the same treatment. > >If socialized health care systems provided the same access to care that >we provide here, then our system would not be so expensive.
Let's see: If our health care is the most expensive, it's because of all the people coming over here and getting medical care b/c they can't get it at home? How very strained....
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