2012 December 22 Saturday
A Patient Starved To Death In British Hospital

A recent Rasmussen Reports poll of Americans found that 40% Favor Single-Payer Health Care System, 44% Oppose. Meanwhile the British single payer NHS Alexandra Hospital in Redditch provides occasion for this headline: "An NHS hospital has apologised to 38 families after a patient starved to death and it left other dying people screaming in pain." An elderly woman went unwashed for 11 weeks. If you aren't in Britain read it to see what you are missing.

Price incentives have their flaws. But a single payer system would slow the rate of (very needed) automation of health care. Our path forward should be to accelerate the rate of biotech advance (e.g. by lowering regulatory barriers change) and to make government intervention be more in the direction of incentivizing automation. More robots, microfluidic devices, and machine learning systems.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2012 December 22 09:50 PM 

ASPIRANT said at December 23, 2012 10:24 AM:

Now I don't have the data to back this up, but it kind of seems to me that ANY system could work with the right kind of citizenry. Scandinavia's countries are apparently working excellently, mostly because most people don't see being shiftless and lazy as a viable life choice. Their temperaments just won't allow it.

Britain is headed down the path of Idiocracy, probably moreso than us at this point. And whether you're capitalist or socialist, if your nation is overrun by idiots, your systems will decay.

The western world is just too nice.

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