False Promise of Single-Payer Health Care, Sally C. Pipes, President and
CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, makes the case against single-payer
by offering evidence of its devastating effects on patients in Canada, the
United Kingdom, and even the United States. Long wait times, substandard
care, lack of access to innovative treatments, huge public outlays, and
spiraling costs are endemic to single-payer. Those are hardly outcomes we
should consider foisting upon the American health care system.
Analysts believe a government takeover of the U.S. health
care system has never looked more plausible. Support for the idea is at an
all-time high, according to Gallup. Two-thirds of Democratic voters favor
“single-payer” health care; even one in four Republicans is on
board. But let’s take a look at the United Kingdom's single-payer
system, for instance, which is in appalling turmoil. Most would agree that
it would be foolish to import that failed model.
In this booklet, you’ll learn:
·What “single-payer” really means;
·That if single-payer were to take hold in the U.S.,
private insurance coverage would be outlawed;
·That 160 million people - roughly half the population
- would lose their private coverage;
·About the single-payer nightmare in the UK and Canada;
·That the supposedly “free” care offered by countries
like Canada comes at an extremely high cost;
·About “illegal” private clinics in Canada which
perform 60,000 surgeries per year on patients who choose to pay for their
own care; and
·That the Canadian single-payer system doesn’t cover
dental care, vision care, long-term care, or prescription drugs.
The UK’s NHS (National Health Service) has rationed care for
decades. But wait times and delays have gotten markedly worse in recent
months. The NHS recently canceled 55,000 non-urgent operations in order to
cope with heightened demand during the winter flu season. Some hospitals
have also cancelled urgent procedures for patients with conditions like
cancer and heart disease. Last month, nearly 15 percent of emergency-room
patients had to wait more than four hours to be seen by a physician.
Furthermore, in 2017, the NHS announced that anyone who was
overweight or a smoker would be denied nonurgent surgery - rationing, pure
and simple. Other recent policies required patients to be in varying
degrees of pain, while some clinical commissioning groups had imposed bans
on surgery for several months to save money.
To call this situation "universal healthcare," as
single-payer defenders always do, is simply absurd. No amount of money can
fix a system in which government bureaucrats, and not markets, determine
how to distribute healthcare resources. And Canada and the UK aren’t
outliers; whenever governments try to overrule the laws of supply and
demand, the results are rationing, shortages, and runaway costs.
About the Author:Sally C.
Pipes is president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, a
San Francisco-based think tank, and the Thomas W. Smith Fellow in Health
Care Policy at PRI. She is the author of The Way Out of
Obamacare; The Cure for Obamacare;The Pipes
Plan; and The Truth About Obamacare. Ms. Pipes also
writes bi-weekly columns for Forbes.com and Investor’s
Business Daily, and blogs for the Washington Examiner.
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