Nonsequitur: The Cost of Single Payer Healthcare

July 27, 2017

Of course, there are financial costs.  Socialized healthcare does not pay for itself, but is dependent upon increasing subsidies.  In this country, Medicare patients must pay for supplemental insurance themselves to cover essential services.  Those who live in nations with socialized healthcare systems must travel to other countries, including the US, to get the medical care they need.  Premiums go up.  Taxes go up.

However, the real cost is in human suffering.  Perhaps the most compelling example of this is Charlie Gard.  This UK infant was diagnosed with a terminal, incurable disease, and the state ordered him taken off of life support.  His parents wanted permission to try an experimental treatment in the US, but the UK courts denied their request.  You can read a concise summary of the case here: http://www.unionleader.com/editorial/Pray-for-Charlie-Gard-The-cost-of-socialized-medicine-07262017  Charlie’s mother offers a more personal and detailed account here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/24/charlie-gard-mothers-full-statement-sorry-couldnt-save/

In short, socializing medicine takes power away from individual and family, and puts the power into the hands of faceless bureaucrats who do not care about individual and family (unless it is their own).  In the case of Charlie Gard, the UK healthcare system actively killed the patient.

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