Sunday, July 31, 2005


Basically the right supports private health care based on arguments that it is efficient. The left supports full public health care based on arguments for fairness.

I suggest that private health care is actually not very efficient (see the USA) and bureaucratic public health care ends up failing to be fair due to its inefficiency (take waiting lists for example).

In order for a health care system to achieve the aims of helping the largest number of people as much as possible it needs to be both coordinated (probably on the whole public) and highly pragmatic - i.e. safe from issue by issue political meddling but obliged to meet targets.

Operations that get people back into the work force or anything else that pays for itself should be highly prioritised and fully public ally funded. However governments should get away from naming a set amount of sex change operations or whatever they wish to offer each year and just allocate resource where it is most desperately required at any moment.

On this issue I am probably closest to labour not that one can tell a hell of a lot of difference in their fairly hot air filled proclamations.


Anonymous Blue Cross of California said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.

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