Saturday, November 18, 2006

The Future of Health Care?

Advocates of some form of socialized medicine in the United States frequently dismiss critics who warn that such a system would result in delays in getting medical care. However, the United States already has a system of government run health care that already manifests that problem.

If any group of people deserves top notch medical care, it is American veterans. However, anyone who has spent much time around VA hospitals knows that not to be the case. A relative of The Oracle has been trying to arrange to have a cataract removed using his veterans benefits, but has been unable to schedule an appointment with an appropriate doctor.

Even worse, that same relative called the hospital last week complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain (he had multiple by-passes done nearly a decade ago). The doctor scheduled an appointment for early December and mailed him a prescription of nitroglycerin.

Clearly, changes need to be made to address the problem of ever-rising health care costs, but a turn to socialized medicine is not the answer.

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