Freedom in Medicine

Submitted by wngreen on Sat, 2006-02-11 15:04

I have to admit that I got my hopes up. I saw a commercial that touted that medical care improves, patients recover faster, doctors operate better -- when more freedom is brought into medicine. I was dissapointed when I found out the commerical was for some 'Liberty' HMO in N. Virginia and not an ad advoicating less government in medicine. Why doesn't the industry stand up and say get out of the way?


But Objective Reality Still Wins

Bikemessenger's picture

That's why, thank goodness, there is what is called "medical tourism".

I'm convinced totally socialized medicine is imminent in the U.S.

That be the case, it will not be possible to over-emphasize the basis for the success of medical tourism: free enterprise, when contrasting it with the inevitable deterioration of the situation under socialized medicine.

---The Bikemessenger
(AKA Impeachasaurus Rex)

The mentalty of business in a mixed economy

Jason Quintana's picture

Ayn Rand described this problem in her essay "Notes on the History of American Free Enterprise". Business is now so used to the idea of government interference that it sees political jockeying as one of its main tasks. The managers of business who were groomed in the various business schools across the country were not brought up with a laissez faire mentality. With very rare exceptions (like, for example the CEO of the southern bank BB&T) the business environment is dominated by the pragmatist notion that the way to get ahead is to twist public policy and government initiatives in your favor. Horrific examples of this are the recent sell outs by U.S. internet firms to the Chinese government.

This problem is even more pronounced in the health care industry, which is under constant attack because much of the public (and thus, the government) believes the industry's products should be altruistically rationed out. Large numbers of people (probably the majority) in America don't believe that property rights apply to health care. So in order to keep control of their property the health care industry not only has to play along (and seek loopholes and advantages) with irrational government policies, it must constantly convince the public that by allowing health care to remain privately owned "society's needs" are being met.

There are very few philosophers and free market advocates in big corporations. There are however plenty of pragmatists. This is the natural result of years and years of irrational mixed market economics.

- Jason

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