I usually hate infographics and here is another one just littered with reasons to go crazy. But focus only on the very bottom:
The changes Brill suggests would allow the US to provide better care at lower costs without substituting the kind of government-provider system typical in comparison countries.
Holy smokes. This is the previous post in spades. So we set up the straw man that nationally delivered health care is bad, so this guy is just saving us from those horrors. I’d quite frankly prefer that (Sophie’s) choice. Here are the brilliant ways we are going to avoid “government health care”:
- price controls in the prescription drug market (and as justification he compares prices here with those elsewhere, and since it’s an infographic there is no chance to explain that this price discrimination is what allows the drugs to be lower priced elsewhere aside from the other obvious problems here
- take profits (“recapture” is the word, as if those were stolen from the government in the first place – how flipping perverted have we become?) from hospitals by taxing them AND imposing price controls on them
- make doctors order fewer tests, because nothing says good medicine like a bureaucrat telling a doctor how to do his or her job (not that I disagree with the premise here)
- impose price controls AND impose taxes on outpatient clinics (owned by doctors) to reduce spending there too, because, well, if we are substituting there in the first place to save money, or elude some other nutty regulation or tax, well, that’s gotta stop, and of course pay no attention to what happens next
- use “transparency, price controls and whatever else it takes” to bring gross-profit margins down on medical device manufacturers
- have government make decisions on drug prescriptions
I don’t know what to say. I really don’t.