In a recent Arizona Republic column, State Representative Phil Lopes called for universal health care. But, the Lopes proposal confuses government paid health services with universal health care. As Europe demonstrates, millions go without good health care under government paid systems regularly.
According to 2004 survey only 22 percent of Spaniards think their universal care system offers satisfactory service. It is certainly unsatisfactory that citizens there have to wait months for a simple test like an MRI. In England, patients must wait nearly a year for hip and knee replacements.
In Spain everyone pays taxes for the universal health care system. There is, however, a select group of people who get to choose. Central government civil servants can opt-out of the public system and have the government pay for their private insurance. 91 percent of civil servants choose private insurance. That is quite an endorsement of the free markets ability to meet consumers needs better than socialized medicine.
Health care services need to be accessible and affordable. But, a government take-over of the industry is not the answer.
-Arizona Republic: Current health system wasteful, cruel
-Goldwater Institute: Paging Dr. Napolitano
-Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: Explaining Waiting Times Variations for Elective Surgery Across OECD Countries