Health Reform–International comparisons

Ewe Reinhardt has some thoughts on health care reform:

“In Europe, as in Canada, that social ethic is based on the principle of social solidarity. It means that health care should be financed by individuals on the basis of their ability to pay, but should be available to all who need it on roughly equal terms. The regulations imposed on health care in these countries are rooted in this overarching principle.”

“First, these countries all mandate the individual to be insured for a basic package of health care benefits”

Medicynical Note: They have a coherent point of view.

“Many Americans oppose such a mandate as an infringement of their personal rights, all the while believing that they have a perfect right to highly expensive, critically needed health care, even when they cannot pay for it.”

Medicynical Note: We don’t.

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