1-27-15 – Swiss Health Care Referendum

posted by John McClaughry

The single payer health system advocates are fond of declaring that the United States needs to catch up with all the other industrialized nations and install government health care. It always escapes their attention that the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland don’t have single payer. In fact, the Swiss recently held a national referendum on installing single payer, either the Canadian or the British version, and the voters gave it 38% support.

Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen institute said “the way government-run health system get prices down is through rationing and price controls.” It’s pretty clear that the Swiss figured that out and said “oh no you don’t.”

The Swiss system features mandatory purchase of insurance, subsidies for lower income people, and a choice of among dozens of private insurers. It’s overly regulated, but it stops well short of the single payer holy grail of, to use the Vermont language, “appropriate care at the appropriate time in the appropriate setting”, as decided of course by our Green Mountain Care Board, until the money runs out.

We’ll be spared that outcome for a while, since Gov. Shumlin has given up on single payer for the time being. But his proposed payroll tax to pay for more Medicaid looks a lot like a not too carefully disguised variation of government health care, built on accountable care organizations, state enforced global budgets, and above all, government control of hospitals, doctors and patients.  We haven’t heard the last of this.

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Ivan Smith January 27, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Well, does this mean EAI is in favor of mandated insurance that is regulated and NONprofit? Because that is what Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland have. When it comes the ACA, EIA is sour on the mandates for us Americans to buy Health Insurance. Actually, if EAI did it’s homework, you would also find that France’s system is more like Medicare here in the US. Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yF69KVbUaQ&list=FLwfQ1FPPsyB3xeScO8g93mw

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