The author contends that the free market medical system no longer meets our healthcare and suggests the communities take ownership of healthcare facilities and hire competent officials to staff them.
By: Warren George for The Lund Report
OPINION -- In the 1960's many airports, department stores, businesses and municipalities experimented with pay toilets as a means to generate extra revenue. Thankfully, pay toilets are a thing of the past, having been removed from our society for reasons that should be obvious to anyone with even a slight amount of common empathy.
But if we won't put up with pay toilets, why do we work so hard to protect the free market model for healthcare? Healthcare in the U.S. has never actually been a functioning example of open and free markets. Prices vary according to mysterious and hidden factors and are rarely known at all until well after a service is performed.
By design there is little competition in most areas. Decisions about treatment are largely left to the discretion of those who profit from increased treatment and testing. The anxiety of many medical circumstances, combined with our inborn will to live, has given healthcare providers a near vertical price curve which some have exploited and some not. To the extent that the free-market model works in healthcare, it too often achieves its highest success from catching people at their most vulnerable moments, and by discouraging those who can't pay.