I would refer you to several authoritative studies by the Cato Institute re the many many problems associated with gonvernment-run health care. (Simply go to their website) The evidence is very clear re long waiting lists, lack of availability of procedures and technologies, etc. in Canada, the UK and other European countries (and much higher tax rates to pay for all of that.) Those systems are essentially a gigantic HMO with government authority behind it. The for-profit health care system has drawbacks to be sure . . . but it also has incentives to develop new drugs and technologies which government run systems do not. As for doctors making prescribing decisions based on drug company junkets, really . . . doctors want patients to get better, if only because they aren't constantly coming back for re-visits. They prescribe what works best, not the drug written on the free ballpoint pen they got from a drug rep.
Bottom line, if you love the POst Office and think it is wonderfully efficient, you'll love government health care . . . or drop by the VA hospital and see how government health care operates in microcosm.
Post Edited By Moderator (CrohnieToo) : 3/2/2008 8:50:28 AM (GMT-7)