John C. Goodman Ph.D.

Curing the Healthcare Crisis

Bismarck and Healthcare Insurance: DeLong and DeShort of It

The world’s 1st national health insurance system served the health of the state

Posted Aug 12, 2013

Brad DeLong at The Health Care blog makes these assertions:
  • Bismarck created the world’s first national health insurance system 130 years ago because he wanted to make the German people healthier.
  • The rationale for national health insurance in the U.S. today is the same as it was for Bismarck.
  • People can’t pay for expensive care without health insurance and without health insurance they can’t get health care.
  • “So, unless we adopt the view that those without ample savings who fall seriously ill should quickly die (and so decrease the surplus population), a country with national health insurance will be a wealthier and more successful country.”
Hmm. It’s hard to know where to start.

[Cross-posted at John Goodman's Health Policy Blog]

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John C. Goodman, Ph.D. is Research Fellow at The Independent Institute; President in National Center for Policy Analysis, & author of Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis.

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