By J. Patrick Rooney

America’s healthiness Care situation Solved highlights the key pitfalls of our present wellbeing and fitness care process and indicates why, with out alterations, future health care charges will quickly demolish the yank financial system in addition to the chance to obtain caliber care. besides the fact that, opposite to the more and more renowned inspiration of a central authority healthiness plan, the choice provided through authors J. Patrick Rooney and Dan Perrin brings the self-interest of you, the yankee shopper, into the equation.

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Indd 24 3/26/08 11:33:18 AM A New Scarlet Letter 25 Had Carlos been of age to receive Medicare, Providence St. S. government. S. indd 26 3/26/08 11:33:19 AM 4 C H A P T E R Why Nationalized Health Care Is No Cure-All D o you remember HillaryCare from the early 1990s? The Clinton administration’s attempt to nationalize American health care in 1993, an effort spearheaded by First Lady Hillary Clinton, offered “managed competition” for all. Now, what exactly was that? The HMO Idea The term “managed competition” was coined by Paul Ellwood, MD, the father of the health maintenance organization (HMO).

29 England’s problem isn’t a lack of knowledge, it’s a lack of money. Look No Further In presenting evidence of the downsides to nationalized health care, we’re not suggesting there are no positive aspects from such systems. But there are trade-offs. Real life teaches us two important lessons: 1. You get what you pay for. 2. The bigger the bureaucracy, the greater the waste. As economists Milton and Rose Friedman have said: “Two major arguments are offered for introducing socialized medicine in the United States: first, that medical costs are beyond the means of most Americans; second, that socialization will somehow reduce costs.

Indd 21 3/26/08 11:33:17 AM 22 America’s Health Care Crisis Solved accepted $5,000 as payment in full for the services provided her. As it was, St. Joseph’s charged her $31,614. According to the hospital itself, if a private insurer had paid for her care, it likely would have been charged less than $20,000. Like the hospitals already mentioned, St. Joseph’s is a charitable Catholic institution. 2 Was the hospital living out the healing ministry of Jesus when it charged Orenta six times more than it charges Medicare for the same surgery?

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