Created on Thursday, 06 September 2007 11:40
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2007 11:40
To The Editor:
An open letter to Bernie and Hillary.
Your insistence in
substituting a single payer system for our present individual health
care should be tempered by looking at the troubles the British single
payer and its copy in Canada have created.
We understand your need to appear as the savior of the "little
people" or the so-called "poor" in order to maintain your populist
appeal, but even a cursory review of these two failed systems should
give you pause.
A recent revealing article on this subject by a Dr. Theodore Dalrymple
exposes the many reasons that we don't want and shouldn't have a single
payer system in this country. Single payer means, paid from national
taxes. Dr. Dalrymple, who spent many years under the British system,
knows from experience some of the many problems.
He points out that after nationalizing capital expenditures (new
buildings, equipment, etc.) stopped completely resulting in rundown
facilities. The new system was promoted on the basis of improved health
of the nation with lower costs due to less need for treatment. Wrong!
Longevity improved and with new, more expensive treatments over a
longer time period, costs outstripped the ability for taxes to keep up.
Additionally senior physicians are turned into administrators,
requiring more doctors. Dalrymple says that costs have increased 300
percent in 10 years with little improvement in delivered services,
except for emergency care which has a good rating.
Managers (read bureaucrats) not physicians decide on priorities of
patient operations, "not on clinical grounds but according to
government targets: they scour the wards for patients they believe can
be discharged" to meet government targets. This results in long waits
for elective treatment -- proven by many Canadians coming to America
Get off your soap boxes -- you are promoting a system that has already
failed. Make certain that this scheme is not foisted on the people of
Olin E. Potter