Healthcare best off in free market
October 3, 2013
If someone has a broken ankle, you can’t solve their problem by shooting them in the kneecap. If the problem is the cost of medical care, you can’t solve it by socializing medicine and giving government even more control. Government interference is what drove the price up to begin with.
The way to bring the price back down is to ensure a separation of medicine and state.
This would mean an end to ObamaCare, Medicare, Medicaid, to the Federal Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration (and the DEA’s war on politically incorrect drugs), and the end of state licensing (and therefore rationing) of medical professionals.
There are people who can’t afford health care. The proper way to solve the problem is two-fold: reduce the cost of medical care and then help those who still can’t afford it.
Charities have always been an excellent solution to the latter problem — except when driven out of the market by coercive welfare.
The way to reduce the cost of health care is incredibly simple, but requires letting go of some carefully crafted misconceptions.
The biggest of those is that only government can adequately oversee safety and protect the patients.
The FDA wouldn’t necessarily have to be abolished, but it shouldn’t be the only game in town, nor should it have the final say.
Let independent labs determine the safety and effectiveness of new medications, putting their reputations behind the release of the new treatments they approve.
Let doctors and patients decide what treatments they want to try.
On the other hand, the DEA needs to die a quick death and be forced out of the business of driving up the price of drugs through prohibition and the prescription scam.
Drug abuse is bad; drug prohibition is worse by every measure.
No one needs multiple years of medical school to set a broken arm or to diagnose and treat a flu.
Allow those interested in practicing the healing arts to be certified by competing agencies.
If you’ve heard good things about the doctors trained or certified by “Docs R Us,” and have less confidence in the doctors turned out by “Bob’s Skool of Medasin,” make your decisions accordingly.
Let people hang up a shingle and compete for patients.
If a medical condition is beyond the healer’s ability, make it easy for them to admit this and refer the patient to a more skilled provider.
You are smart enough to decide where to buy a car, or who to marry, and you are mature enough to live with the consequences of a bad decision.
Medical care is no different.
Farwell’s Kent McManigal champions liberty. Contact him at: