A common reason statists utilize when advocating for the imposition of a universal healthcare system is the inequality of healthcare outcomes across socioeconomic groups. An August 03, 2010 foxnews.com article titled "In Canada, Money May Matter for Cancer Survival" suggests, however, to the chagrin of the pro-aggression crowd, that a universal healthcare system, which provides equal access to cancer screening and treatment, does not deliver equivalent cancer outcomes. The Canadian study reviewed in the article, published in the journal Cancer, found that "survival does vary across socioeconomic groups," regardless of equal access to cancer screening and treatment. Why? The statist doctors quoted in the article are unable to provide an adequate answer. It's "complicated" one so-called expert in the article says. Really? That's the best answer the statists can give? How pathetic.
Vijay Boyapati's essay "The Economics of Healthcare Reform," published in The Free Market Vol. 28 No. 6 June 2010, identifies employer-provided health insurance, licensure, the obesity epidemic, and intellectual property as the "four major causes of rising prices in the healthcare market." The author, a former Google engineer and current Ron Paul supporter, is correct in his analysis. This is not a surprise, for Boyapati now spends his time (exemplified by the logic of the essay) absorbing Austrian economics.
Read this short article to gain a rapid but thorough understanding of the ways "government intervention has either directly caused or greatly exacerbated" healthcare inflation.
The LIBERTARIAN BIOETHICS BLOG strongly recommends Boyapati's essay.
Robin Hanson's papers are infuriating because they are delightfully absurd. Showing That You Care: The Evolution of Health Altruism is an evolutionary psychology paper by Hanson that evaluates "which types of altruists can both account well for observed behavior in health and health policy, and fit well with what we know about the behavior and environment of our hunter-gatherer and primate ancestors, where such altruism presumably evolved?" The LIBERTARIAN BIOETHICS BLOG does not care about this paper and does not believe this view has anything to do with our human ancestors.
I just purchased The Expanding Circle: Ethics, Evolution, and Moral Progress. I had intended to buy The Expanding Circle: Ethics and Sociobiology, but a perusal of Amazon.com revealed the existence of this 2011 revised/updated version of Peter Singer's classic ethics tome. I shall read the book and comment for the LIBERTARIAN BIOETHICS BLOG at a future date.
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Don Stacy is a 43 yo libertarian writer and physician and bioethics graduate student. His articles have been published by multiple libertarian-themed websites. He practices medicine as a radiation oncologist in Louisville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN.