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Friday, November 20, 2015

A Maryland lawmaker who also works as an emergency room doctor says he wants to mitigate the state's increasingly visible wave of heroin abuse by giving some addicts the drug for free.

Del. Dan Morhaim, a Democrat, told a room full of drug-policy reform advocates Thursday the unconventional plan would spare society from major problems associated with addiction, most notably making it so addicts would not have to commit crimes to pay for the drug. read more



Was in reference to the well-known situation in Canada where the wait time for hip replacements is ruining lives.


Contrast that to the US, where the average wait time was three weeks...

Tell me again how centrally planned medicine is superior.

"Efficient at what? Generating profits, or delivering healthy outcomes?"

The US system seems to be doing both well.

"As far as Bernie goes national health care makes sense and is cost effective, you would pay less in tax than you currently pay in premiums and the whole thing could be fully funded that way."

In theory, yes. If doctors, health providers, drug companies, etc saw no net change in their operations. One of the problems with Medicare is that doctors typically take a limited number of patients. The reason being that Medicare doesn't pay as much. So the government can tell a patient that, if he or she finds a willing doctor, they'll pay the bill, but what happens if you can't find a doctor willing to take what medicare will pay? You're paying taxes for a useless service, or at least one where you're going to incur an out-of-pocket cost.

"The free college thing I am would need to look at but at least in theory the future taxes that resulted from increased earnings could offset the cost."

Coupla things. First, if you look at graduation rates worldwide, there's no significant difference between those countries that provide free college and those who make you pay for it. The only difference is that the cost in the "free" countries is deferred across all taxpayers, while in the "pay" countries it's covered by the student. Additionally, there are already many government-sponsored scholarships out there that provide free college. I had an ROTC scholarship. The difference is that the government requires something from you in return. In reality, I think the government would be well served in creating an ROTC-like program for individuals interested in hard sciences or medicine that are currently under-serviced. I think it could go a long way in mitigating for the shortage of healthcare providers in the US, reference the first part of this post.

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