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    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/sowell010809.php3
    It is one of the painful signs of our times that millions of people are so easily swayed by rhetoric that they show virtually no interest at all in finding out the hard facts. Any number of other countries already have government-controlled medical professions. Yet few Americans show any interest in what actually happens to medical care in those countries.

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    Cancer survival rates are higher in the United States than in Europe. A recent report by the Fraser Institute in Vancouver estimates that annually tens of thousands of Canadians seek medical treatment outside of Canada, even though treatment is free inside Canada and they have to pay themselves for treatment elsewhere.


    Other studies show that waiting times for surgery are months longer in Canada, Britain and Australia — all countries with government-controlled medical care — than in the United States.


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    and how politicians make existing insurance more expensive by blithely mandating coverage that people would not voluntarily pay for with their own money, if it was left up to them.


    In various states, these mandated coverages include alcoholism, acupuncture, breast reduction and treatment for baldness, among other things. You may just want insurance to cover you in case you get hit with some big-time medical problem, but many state laws will not allow an insurance company to sell you that "major medical" coverage, without all the add-ons that politicians and special interests have come up with.


    The net result is more expensive insurance, which in turn can mean more people being uninsured.

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    The lure of something for nothing may be seductive when you are in good health. But it can become a bitter irony when you are waiting for months for surgery to relieve your pain or when your life hangs in the balance while some bureaucrat decides whether you can get the best medication or something older and cheaper.


    "The Top Ten Myths About American Medical Care" can literally be a life-saver. What it reveals is unlikely to be told by the mainstream media or by other enthusiasts for the magic phrase "universal health care."


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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    Sowell is a true unsung hero of this generation. His books are classics, I've read 3 and loved them all.
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    The Detroit Medical Center, which consists of 4 downtown hospitals, WSU's med and nursing schools, and a couple of hospitals farther out in the city, is constantly having financial struggles, the staff are overworked, they deal with junkies and gunshots constantly in the ER, and it's still a better hospital system than the average NHS Canadian hospital.


    Children's Hospital of Michigan is part of that complex-they get more private funding than the other three, because of several special programs (like Sparky Anderson's CATCH program). I have issues with their social work department (really, just one racist worker), but they are otherwise a very good place. They have excellent treatment programs for just about every special need a child can have-cancer treatment, an MRI machine that shows movies to the kids while they have to stay still, a dentist who specializes in treating autistic and impaired children, and so on.
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    I have often wondered if we could improve things by thinking outside the box with insurance coverage. As Sowell mentioned, a lot of us pay for coverage we will never use: maternity issues, birth control, post-natal care, baldness, erectile dysfunction, etc.

    I'd consider a plan where I could eliminate these things in return for lower fees.

    Also, I notice that Kaiser has some sort plan in California that partially covers plastic surgery. I'll bet they could make a bundle by offering plans to cover some plastic surgeries along with orthotics, laser eye treatments, and exercise equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marinejcksn View Post
    Sowell is a true unsung hero of this generation. His books are classics, I've read 3 and loved them all.
    Which three? I own them all - and BLACK REDNECKS AND WHITE LIBERALS is my favorite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    I have often wondered if we could improve things by thinking outside the box with insurance coverage. As Sowell mentioned, a lot of us pay for coverage we will never use: maternity issues, birth control, post-natal care, baldness, erectile dysfunction, etc.

    I'd consider a plan where I could eliminate these things in return for lower fees.

    Also, I notice that Kaiser has some sort plan in California that partially covers plastic surgery. I'll bet they could make a bundle by offering plans to cover some plastic surgeries along with orthotics, laser eye treatments, and exercise equipment.
    they need to end these stupid mandates for frivilous things like baldness and viagra. Dude - if your 80 and you can't get it up any more - there is a reason - it's mother nature protecting your life and the eyesight of innocent passersby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    Which three? I own them all - and BLACK REDNECKS AND WHITE LIBERALS is my favorite.
    I LOVED Black Rednecks & White Liberals. I've also got his newer book; Economic Facts and Fallacies and Affirmative Action Around the World. He's got over a dozen books published, I haven't delved into all of them yet. I've gotta get through Wealth of Nations and Thomas Payne's complete works before I get to read more Sowell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marinejcksn View Post
    I LOVED Black Rednecks & White Liberals. I've also got his newer book; Economic Facts and Fallacies and Affirmative Action Around the World. He's got over a dozen books published, I haven't delved into all of them yet. I've gotta get through Wealth of Nations and Thomas Payne's complete works before I get to read more Sowell.
    Don't waste your time on Paine beyond Common sense. There is a reason why the man died in exile in europe. His later works were anti-religious screeds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    Don't waste your time on Paine beyond Common sense. There is a reason why the man died in exile in europe. His later works were anti-religious screeds.
    I had heard that about his later work Age of Reason, but I'm still interested in reading it. The edition I bought is a lovely hard-bound volume printed by the Library of America; it has Common Sense along with The Crisis, Rights of Man, The Age of Reason and many of his pamphlets & letters.

    I should be working on finishing the Wealth of Nations but I hit a point where it feels like work to keep chugging through. Adam Smith was a genius but its just so much information to grasp I felt like I needed a break around page 580, so I started reading Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom" (which kicks arse, by the way) and before I knew it I finished that and picked up Payne.

    I think I'm just putting off getting further into the Wealth of Nations; but I made a promise to myself that I'd finish all my non-fiction before I read Atlass Shrugged (which is getting harder and harder not to pick up because it sounds so good).
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    maybe you should do like I do and read multiple books at once - each one has it's own location for reading. :)
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