Health Care Reform: Do Other Countries Have the Answers?

Although national health insurance has considerable support within the medical profession, the degree to which patient empowerment, individual choice, competition, and market incentives are being consciously and successfully used to solve health care problems is far more extensive than is commonly realized. In some respects, support for government regulation of health care financing and delivery has been based on a narrow construal of selected data, while all too often ignoring contrary data. The discussion of US health care reform would benefit greatly from a careful examination of the current successes and future potential of market-based reforms.

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