… in a real comment thread. Only authenticity from this blog…
The idea that only flinty-eyed capitalists try to deny or delay treatment and that this never happen with government funded health systems is ridiculous.
and abb1, a regular commentator at CT, replies:
In the for-profit case only financial considerations apply. In the government case financial aspect is one among many.
My take is that “financial considerations apply” (in the first order, which I think is what the abbster is talking about) only when corporations are myopic. Pissing off customers isn’t a great business strategy, especially if the corporation wants to keep its customers. In fact,
[p]eople in the U.S. are probably much more satisfied with our health care system than Moore’s overly pessimistic portray of overwhelming dissatisfaction. For example, 88% of Americans say their own health care coverage is excellent or good, and 89% are satisfied with the quality of care they receive (see chart above). If about American 250 million people are insured, that means that there are about 225 million people in the U.S. who are satisfied with their coverage and medical care – and this overwhelming majority of satisfied American never made it into the movie.
It’s true that Americans express lower levels of satisfaction when asked about “health care in the country as a whole,” and 80% are dissatisfied with health care costs and 54% are dissatisfied with the “quality of health care.” In other words, according to Reason, “Insured Americans are overwhelmingly (89%) satisfied with their own care, while broadly concerned about rising costs of prescription drugs and critical of the care others receive.”
Here’s that Reason article and if you read the Carpe Diem post you’ll find he has an interesting prescription for curing American health care. I won’t ruin the surprise but it has to do with the artelCay of octorDays.