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Universal Insurance and Unintended Consequences

July 3, 2010

(Oops.  I posted just the link before and forgot to save it as a “draft”.  Sorry.)

So, when everyone has health insurance then everyone will be able to see a doctor when they first have symptoms rather than waiting to get worse and going to the emergency room.  Emergency rooms will be for emergencies and wait times will be shorter.  Right?  Isn’t that how it’s been explained?

Wrong.

Everyone in Canada has universal health care coverage and still people go to emergency for non-emergencies.  Wait times here are much longer than where I’ve lived before (Missouri and Iowa).

Hmmm.  I wonder if the number of physicians will go up or down after the Health Care Act takes full effect.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Scott Down permalink
    July 22, 2010 9:52 am

    The waits are only longer for the people who could afford care in the first place. The waits for people who would have to sit at home in piles of their own feces until they died because no one cared about them are getting infinitely shorter.

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