Fascinating reading, thanks Palisade. I was struck by the article discussing the differences between Canada and US health care systems, and the implications that there's a significant socio-cultural element at play that affects how health care is allocated. I remember in one of my politics classes at univ I read an article that tied together US vs Canada political and cultural history to analyse the kind of societal differences in civil rights & justice, economics, military, social services, political systems and viewpoints, and the like, we see when comparing the two countries, and this article's point that the kind of philosophy that Canada espouses in its culture is reflected in the health care system we use reminded me of those conclusions. I wonder if attitudes in the US are changing due to the evolving nature of health care, its immense cost makes it hard to manage as a private good, the highly sophisticated, complex, and expensive system that is increasingly pricing individuals and familes out of it, a state of affairs that can really only be solved by treating it as a public good.
I'm curious Palisade, and definitely anyone else who wishes to offer an opinion, what's your thoughts on the American Health Care Plan model Reinhard described, or any variation of the German model of health care (we'll define it as any system in which insurance premiums are collected via payroll tax based on capacity to pay instead of an individual's health care situation, and individuals can choose any insurance company and the calculated premiums are forwarded by the government to the insurance company, it's also detailed in post 246 of the Obama goes there thread)? I've offered my arguments in the other thread, of course, but I'm definitely interested to hear what others have to say on this kind of system.
Edited by Aric, 16 July 2009 - 02:58 PM.