Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cost of Government Health Care


Public Option To Cut Health Costs? Dream On
A new study I've completed, published by the Pacific Research Institute, takes all health-care spending in the United States and subtracts the costs of the two flagship government-run programs, Medicare and Medicaid. It then takes that remaining spending and compares its cost increases over time with Medicare's cost increases over time. The results are clear: Since 1970 — even without the prescription drug benefit — Medicare's costs have risen 34% more, per patient, than the combined costs of all health care in America apart from Medicare and Medicaid, the vast majority of which is purchased through the private sector.

Obama Will Destroy Healthcare [video]
Dick Morris | June 23, 2009

Medicare First!
Dynamist.com | 06.04.2009
Think about this for a moment. Medicare is a huge, single-payer, government-run program. It ought to provide the perfect environment for experimentation. If more-efficient government management can slash health-care costs by addressing all these problems, why not start with Medicare? Let's see what "better management" looks like applied to Medicare before we roll it out to the rest of the country.

Dr. Sanity | June 13, 2009
I'm done. If Congress passes Obama's destructive zombie health plan in any form, I quit. I will simply not practice medicine anymore.

Government Health Plans Always Ration Care
Scott Gottlieb | Wall Street Journal | June 25, 2009
Only by expanding government control of health care can we bring down its cost. That's the faulty premise of the various proposals for health reform now being batted around Washington. The claimed cost control depends on politically safe ideas such as preventive care or the adoption of electronic health records. And neither -- even according to the Congressional Budget Office -- will do much to reduce spending.

Moral Health Care vs. “Universal Health Care”
Lin Zinser and Paul Hsieh
Although American scientists, doctors, and businessmen have produced the most advanced medical technology in the world, American health care is in a state of crisis.