Death panels: Sarah Palin was right, sort of

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Healthcare is a 'scarce resource,' by which I mean that there is more desire for it than there are doctor hours and hospital beds and bottles of medication to fulfill all that desire. In any healthcare system, therefore, care is going to be rationed. If people want or need ten units of health care and there are only nine units available, someone is going to lose out. Rationing can be handled in a number of ways: Pricing in an entirely free-market system, quick triage in an emergency situation with multiple victims presenting varying levels of injury, alleged experts in systems ranging from the bureaucratic mess of an 'insurance' system in the US to the 'single-payer' systems in the United Kingdom and other countries. While I favor a free-market system, my intention here is not to argue that point, but rather to point out that 'death panels' are inherent in the overall situation." (07/13/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11022

  • dL

    "Healthcare is a 'scarce resource,' by which I mean that there is more desire for it than there are doctor hours and hospital beds and bottles of medication to fulfill all that desire.

    True. Unlimited human wants in a world of limited resources.

    In any healthcare system, therefore, care is going to be rationed.

    "Rationed" is not the term I would use. "Rationing" is one response to the problem of scarcity. But rationing is not the only "solution." Rationing fixes supply and distribution. Free market does not fix supply. It also does not fix preferences. Saying something like 10 units of desire vs 9 units of supply is not the way I look at it. I look at more in terms of preferences. State rationed often care reduces to deny preference A, deny preference B, strictly control preference C and conditionally allow preference D. Often, the denying and allowing part doesn't have all that much to do w/ scarcity. An easy example is pain management.

    Universal health Care ==Universal Requirement to get Permission for health Care. You may or may not get the permission. If you don't get permission, then the State may actively prosecute you for seeking care. Universal health Care actually is an abridgment of the right to seek health care.