Tuesday, January 5, 2010
"VIP" Treatment Under National Health Care
by Paul Hsieh, MD @ 12:15 AM
describes the experiences faced by her parents under the Japanese universal health care system.
I highly recommend reading her entire post, "'VIP' Treatment Under National Health Care".
But her take home point:
National health care works great... so long as you're rich enough to afford the premium level of government insurance and to buy multiple additional private policies; so long as you have influential relatives; and so long as you're willing and able to brazenly bribe the doctors and bureaucrats who run the system.
Nor are such problems isolated to Japan. Similar "queue jumping" is routine in Canada and other countries with socialized medicine.
There's no reason to expect that the US will be immune to this problem either.