SEARCH BLOG: HEALTH CARE
Ever since the two prominent Detroit papers decided that 3-day per week delivery was sufficient and that most people would be happy reading their newspapers online, I have acquired some new hardcopy subscriptions including The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and Forbes... among others.
One of my sons suggested that I subscribe to The New York Times, but I've found that publication to be New York centric [obviously] and quite a bit full of itself... although I keep an online feed on my Google homepage and read it daily. It seems to be the Vogue or Vanity Fair of the newspaper set... lots of fluff and questionable content. The business publications, on the other hand, are read by people who are putting their money where their mouths are. They don't want a lot of pseudo-philosophical-scientific babbling; they want facts and analyses that are derived from those facts... not political preconceptions.
For example, Forbes had this interesting opinion from David Furness is head of strategic development at the Social Market Foundation.
The truth is that the perfect healthcare system does not exist -- each country reflects its own social priorities. There is no right answer, especially as healthcare budgets continue to rise across the developed world. In the United States, universal coverage is sacrificed in favor of individual choice and control. Voters are worried that a government run system may deny them their choice of doctor or drug, or even see granny up before a "death panel." In the U.K., while universal access is a core principle, survival rates from serious diseases lag behind those of other developed countries and choice for patients is extraordinarily limited.
In that same issue, Rich Karlgaard, Forbes publisher wrote a piece called "Our Health Care Crisis: Age, Obesity, Lawyers."
Age, obesity and defensive medicine are the trillion-dollar elephants in the room. Whether your preference for health care reform springs from the political left or right, you have to start with these three facts. Otherwise, you're just a political bloviator.Forbes even gives "air time" to those you might least expect to receive it.
Sorry, The New York Times, but your politically biased Obama's-the-Way,-the-Truth,-and-the-Light "news" doesn't do much more than give me a headache... or grist for this.
Which country do you admire most for its health system?
I can't claim to be an expert. All I can say is that I remember when the National Health Service was coming in. I was in Parliament with health minister [and founder of the NHS] Nye Bevan, and I think it has worked very well. When Mrs. Thatcher said the NHS was "safe in our hands," it was recognition by her that people liked it and wanted it to be saved.
What do you say to people who say the NHS is a socialistic system?
I don't see it in ideological terms. I know in America there are a lot of people, including my wife who is American, who have been denied medical care because they lost their jobs. I worry for them, and I see in this country that there are no anxieties of this character. That's how I see it--in a very practical way.
By the way, in case you think that I just joined the discussion on health care issues, especially government managed and controlled health care systems, read this. I was correct then and I believe what I have written recently is correct as well.