Saturday, April 16, 2005


The title of this post is a remark against Paul Krugman's article, The best places to get sick.

In 2002, the latest year for which comparable data are available, the United States spent $5,267 on health care for each man, woman and child. Of this, $2,364, or 45 percent, was government spending, mainly on Medicare and Medicaid. Canada spent $2,931 per person, of which $2,048 came from the government. France spent $2,736 per person, of which $2,080 was government spending. ...

Why is the price of U.S. health care so high? One answer is doctors' salaries: Although average wages in France and the United States are similar, American doctors are paid much more than their French counterparts. Another answer is that America's health care system drives a poor bargain with the pharmaceutical industry. (The New York Times /, 04/16/05.)

I don't want to become old and sick in Europe. My goal is to live well in America.

The problem is not the doctors' salaries or the pharmaceutical industry, the problem is the SOCIALIZED MEDICINE. Go to Donald Luskin's blog, "Poor and Stupid," and give your nomination for "Minister of Socialized Health Care."