Stopping COVID-19: Healthcare Reform, Incident Command, & the False Promise of Libertarianism

This post will argue that healthcare reform would be sufficient, but not necessary, to stop COVID-19. Even without total system reform, just activating the Incident Command System could stop COVID-19. But this post will claim that COVID-19 in the U.S. is a reflection of, and metaphor for, a societal “infection” with libertarian hyper-individualism. Healthcare reform … Continue reading Stopping COVID-19: Healthcare Reform, Incident Command, & the False Promise of Libertarianism

Healthcare Reform: What About Free Riders?

One of the most potent objections to government-backed universal healthcare is the problem of free riders. John Smith said in 1608, “he that will not work shall not eat.” Getting something for nothing offends the American sense of fairness. But is this the right way to think about healthcare? Let’s look at free-rider claims and … Continue reading Healthcare Reform: What About Free Riders?

Taming the Healthcare Tapeworm

    Fixing U.S. Healthcare blog has argued that unsustainable healthcare spending is the Real Problem with healthcare.  How can we tame this giant healthcare tapeworm machine, as Warren Buffett has dubbed it? This blog has described how medical professionals of the post-war generation built up our current system. Our system now delivers previously unimaginable healthcare miracles. … Continue reading Taming the Healthcare Tapeworm

Needed:  A New Idealism to Guide Healthcare Reform

Fixing U.S. Healthcare blogsite has laid out the mounting need for healthcare reform and a compelling case for Oregon-style cost-benefit approach as the foundation for it. But this blogsite’s reasoned arguments from history, politics, finance, and ethics are not enough. Americans need a rekindled core idealism to impel them toward reform. Here are three key ideals … Continue reading Needed:  A New Idealism to Guide Healthcare Reform

Genes, Cost-Effectiveness and Healthcare Reform – Dialog with Dr. Buchanan

This is a posting of my reply to British health economist Dr. Buchanan's Comment of February 17, 2018.  The original posts are: Medicines's future? The health economics of population-wide genomic screening (October 26, 2017) Cost-Effectiveness: From Genes to Healthcare System Reform (December 17, 2017) 2 thoughts on “Cost-Effectiveness: From Genes to Healthcare System Reform” (Reply, February … Continue reading Genes, Cost-Effectiveness and Healthcare Reform – Dialog with Dr. Buchanan