See, you folks don’t get it. If all you expect the government to provide is crappy and relatively inexpensive primary care and would be content to eschew the expensive, admittedly low-yield technological and labor intensive medical care that we currently waste on the elderly, the terminally ill, and those with extremely complicated health problems like they do in most of the Socialist Freeloader Kingdoms…if this is what you want then why do you need the government to provide medical care? After all, in the big scheme of things a visit to your family doctor two or three times a year is not going to bankrupt the large majority of Americans. Surely even most of my poor patients could but give up their cell phones and instantly have the wherewithal to afford to take their children to a pediatrician now and then.
It’s the ICU stays, the heart caths, the chemotherapy, and half a hundred other treatments and procedures not typically associated with primary care that suck up most of the money. If you eliminated most of these things, none of which are even remotely available to most of the people in an advanced but highly socialized country like Greece, we too might be able to brag about our low per capita spending on health care. As an additional benefit, after a brief period of turmoil in which the usual helpless and useless patients who consume the lion’s share of medical care dollars died out in a Darwinian mass extinction, we could at last get down to the serious business of making our statistics look good.
The point is that what you want and expect from the government, the thing that sends you into fits of rapture as you justify the more advanced priorities of the Nanny-States-Across-the-Water which stress primary care and prevention over our highly advanced reactive medical care, is so ridiculously easy to provide for yourself that it would be criminally stupid to structure society to provide it as an entitlement if for no other reason than it would involve shoveling even more of the personal wealth of the productive sector into the voracious maw of government. Your money, money that is not just paper or electrons but a voucher for your hard work, will be frittered away in the usual bureaucratic orgy of waste and inefficiency and contribute nothing to the prosperity of the nation.
All for the sake of avoiding having to pay for a couple of lousy doctor visits.
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