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Go read. It's really good stuff.
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Still going through it but it appears as if it should be a required reading whenever someone mentions "free market" and "healthcare" in the same breath.
In short - you do not have it or anything like it.

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I would point out that one or two of these issues (Such as branded as opposed to generic medicine) are also prevalent in socialised healthcare systems. In effect the whole medical industry is a bit of a con, it's just that with private healthcare the burden falls on you, and in a socialised system it's picked up by everyone.
 
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No-one ever did explain to me why "government death panels" are qualitatively worse than the "corporate death panels" that currently exist.
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Fwing wrote:
No-one ever did explain to me why "government death panels" are qualitatively worse than the "corporate death panels" that currently exist.


private enterprise is always better at everythingwhistle
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slatersteven wrote:
I would point out that one or two of these issues (Such as branded as opposed to generic medicine) are also prevalent in socialised healthcare systems. In effect the whole medical industry is a bit of a con, it's just that with private healthcare the burden falls on you, and in a socialised system it's picked up by everyone.


I can't vouch for England but in the Scottish arm of the nhs I am not allowed to prescribe brand names unless that is all that is available or for pharmacokinetic (usually bioavailability) issues.
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slatersteven wrote:
I would point out that one or two of these issues (Such as branded as opposed to generic medicine) are also prevalent in socialised healthcare systems. In effect the whole medical industry is a bit of a con, it's just that with private healthcare the burden falls on you, and in a socialised system it's picked up by everyone.


Which is why not only you see government insurers dealing directly with the manufacturers to get very low prices when compared to American prices, but you see reports on which doctors prescribe a brand name when the generic is available.
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