AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
I guess to me it is less philosophical. I don't want kids in public schools (or schools that get ANY support from taxpayers, including tax exempt status) who have not been vaccinated because I don't want crowds of people with communicable diseases in my community.
I want young people to be given health care so they can grow up to be productive taxpayers. Given the Baby Boomer population bubble, I view every young person in America as a valuable resource. I am too sentimental or whatever you may call it to withhold life-saving care from anyone, even a criminal or an illegal alien -- but I recognize that health care is a limited resource and that its costs continue to climb. My view is it is being rationed now (although this is not what it's called) because the care given to the working poor and the uninsured is so substandard, and that I'd prefer it to be rationed in an above-board manner, so we all have a voice in decision.
I fear a population in the tens or even the hundreds of millions over age 65, living to age 100 and sucking the taxpaying workers of this country dry as a bone -- and I say this as someone who is almost 60 herself.
Complete free market healthcare is our best bet! Government protects the current monopolies of medications and equipment. Canada doesnt obey our intellectual property rights, look at the cost of medication. Why should the state license doctors? They can do it if they want, but why cant I choose to go to whom ever I want, as in getting stitches. Also why do I need to go to a doctor to get a prescription, especially when i know what I need. India doesn't have this problem. Eh well we can thank the war on drugs for that! Regulation,s regulations, regulations, France is supposedly number 1 right? Regulations are supposedly low, though I havent confirmed this. If we could just use the free market and incorporate all these aspects of other systems that provide benefits we could see real improvements to healthcare.
Well looking at some articles number 1 france has had some bumps, Haha soo I guess the WHO isnt a very good source to look at rankings
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The Australian universal health care system is called Medicare (not to be confused with the US system). It is funded partly by general taxation, and partly by something called the Medicare Levy. The Medicare Levy is, in general, a modest 1.5% of taxable income, rising to 2.5% of taxable income above a certain level.
Full details of the Australian Medicare service is available here -
But in general, it works like this -
You, or your parents, pay your income tax and Medicare Levy.
You get sick, and you go to the doctor of your choice.
He treats you or sends you to a specialist or hospital of your choice.
You get better, and you go home - there is nothing more to pay.
If you require pharmaceuticals post treatment, they are heavily subsidised.
The doctor, specialist, or hospital sends the government the bill, and receives payment in due course.
It really is that simple, and all the doctors, specialists, etc. are private practitioners.
But it is not perfect, inasmuch as it does not cover dental services, and only limited optical service - the cost of consultations, but not the cost of spectacles or contact lenses. It should be extended to cover both those items. Although Australians on an old age pension, a disability pension, or a veteran's pension, are eligible for free dental cover and spectacles.
In general, waiting lists are acceptably short, and any life threatening situations are treated immediately.
I don't understand your question - "Now also may I ask about regulations? Cash payments instead of insurance?" Could you elaborate?
I have only given the briefest synopsis of the Australian UHC system, but most details are available on the link I provided. Australia is one of the most economically stable countries in the world at present, so UHC does not appear to have affected it adversely.
I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. E.M. Forster
By WHO rankings, the ranking of the US is 37 and Australia being 35, the UK being higher than both with a rank of 18. Australia pays half of what we pay and they boast a better ranking, bravo. Both the UK and Australia as you stated have a better movement paying system. I don't know how much I trust rankings though. Australia seems to be better than both. With exception to cancer survival rates. Uk tends to lag in elective surgery, same as Canada. I don't really have enough information, even the WHO said screw it, its to hard lol.
Cash payments tend to be cheaper then going through Insurance companies, due to the fact that our insurance companies are garbage. Out of pocket
Really I'm not going to do this lol, I'll leave it to the experts haha... There are way to many factors involved when it comes to medical care, different territories/states have different qualities, regulations, laws, economics, ip laws, licensing, statistics out the yang, elective surgery waits, this are just the ones off the top of my head.
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