Dr. Paul Hsieh has a good column at Liberty Ink Journal, exposing the wide chasm between the promises of socialized medicine and its actual results:

An old joke runs, ‘In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.’ Nowhere is the gulf between theory and practice more clear than in socialized medical systems around the world.

Why is this the case?

Under capitalism, individuals are free to produce and trade with others—or not—according to their best judgment for their mutual benefit. To thrive, producers must therefore constantly compete to produce goods and services that others find valuable, resulting in a virtuous cycle of competition, innovation, and prosperity.

Government-controlled systems, on the other hand:

In contrast, socialized medicine fails because socialism strangles the freedom, innovation, and prosperity required for modern medicine. Socialism chains men to one another—thus dragging all down together.

Yep. To read the rest of Dr. Hsieh’s column, go here.


One of the single-payer systems prominently mentioned in Hsieh’s column is that of Canada, and I just remembered a survey in which two-thirds of Canadians indicated that their system needs serious repair or a complete overhaul. The survey also found that most Canadian doctors and nurses agreed.

Comments 2

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    Wow, just when I thought you couldn’t scrape a barrel any lower you go and prove me wrong. This is not only schoolkid politics but I see ‘Dr. Hsieh’ is quoting our old friend, cancer stats fraud David Gratzer. I don’t know if you’ve got kids David but you’re leaving an audit trail in cyberspace that they will be deeply ashamed of.

    Posted 10 Mar 2011 at 4:00 pm
  2. nyp wrote:

    According to the same survey quoted in the post:
    “44% rate the state of health care in Canada as good or excellent — an increase of seven percentage points since 2007 and 20 points higher than in 2004. About the same number rate the state of health care as fair. Just one in nine say it’s poor or very poor, half as many as in 2004. As well, eight in 10 Canadians who have used the health-care system in the past year say they were satisfied with the care they received.”

    Posted 10 Mar 2011 at 7:10 pm

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