Comment 26807

By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted October 02, 2008 at 19:20:32

Americans have lots of faith too, but so far it hasn't translated to donating to people too poor to get basic heath care.

Unlike the generous A Smith, they evidently don't want to do the right thing.

That's why Cuba, with socialized health care, and a GDP less than the average American spends on heath care alone ($4000/yr)has a life expectancy that is within one year of the US.

That's why Canada has a L.E. 2 years greater than the US despite spending 1/3 less on health care but covering everyone.

Socialized medicine works, because the free market is nowhere near complex enough to capture all the realities of the human predicament. Yes, it means that a lot of waste occurs, but nowhere near the amount of waste in the American system. By waste I mean administrative costs, profit, and unnecessary testing.

Any doc south of the border could give you more details on those inefficiencies, and it's why many Canadian docs who have left for those greener pastures eventually move back here.

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