Modern Healthcare: Vital Signs Blog
by Harris Meyer | February 8, 2016
In Saturday's Republican presidential debate, Ted Cruz warned of the dangers of a government-led healthcare financing system.
“Socialized medicine is a disaster. It does not work. If you look at the countries that have imposed socialized medicine, that have put the government in charge of providing medicine, what inevitably happens is rationing. You have a scarcity of doctors. You have rationing. And that means the elderly are told, we're going to ration a hip replacement, we're going to ration a knee replacement. We're going to ration end-of-life care," he said.
"We're right now heading into a medical system with about a 90,000-doctor shortage in America, and socialized medicine, whether proposed by the Democrats or proposed by a Republican, would hurt the people of this country.”
This is just the start if Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Such speculation will inevitably grow following his expected victory in New Hampshire.