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 Health is Wealth
 
Medical Care Facts and Fables
Jewish World Review, United States Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thomas Sowell
It may be cheaper to remain sick tha get treated, and die than to live, but most people won't choose the cheaper option. What happens when Health care is handed over to the Government and bureaucrats? A new book, "The Truth About ObamaCare" by Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute tells the real facts. In countries with socialized medicine, for instance Britain, more than 4000 expectant mothers give birth inside a hospital, but not in the maternity ward, in Britain in just one year. They give birth to their babies in hallways, bathrooms and even elevators. America has a high infant mortality rate only because it counts all the babies. United states has the best medical system in the world, writes Thomas Sowell in Jewish World Review.

There is so much political spin, and so many numbers games being played, when it comes to medical care, that we have to go back to square one and the simplest common sense, in order to get some rational idea of what government-run medical care means. In particular, we need to examine the claim that the government can "bring down the cost of medical care."

The most basic fact is that it is cheaper to remain sick than to get medical treatment. What is cheapest of all is to die instead of getting life-saving medications and treatment, which can be very expensive.

Despite these facts, most of us tend to take a somewhat more parochial view of the situation when it is we ourselves who are sick or who face a potentially fatal illness. But what if that decision is taken out of your hands under ObamaCare and is being made for you by a bureaucrat in Washington?

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A new book, "The Truth About ObamaCare" by Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute lays out the facts in the plainest English.

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We hear a lot about how wonderful it is that the Canadians or the British or the Swedes get free medical treatment because the government runs the system. But we don't hear much about the quality of that medical care.

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We don't hear about more than 4,000 expectant mothers who gave birth inside a hospital, but not in the maternity ward, in Britain in just one year. They had their babies in hallways, bathrooms and even elevators.

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But the American media don't tell you about such things when they are gushing over the wonders of "universal health care" that will "bring down the cost of medical care."

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Author Sally Pipes did bother to stop and think about it in her book, "The Truth About ObamaCare." She points out that medical care is just one of the factors in life expectancy.

She cites a study by Professors Ohsfeldt and Schneider at the University of Iowa, which shows that, if you leave out people who are victims of homicide or who die in automobile accidents, Americans live longer than people in any other Western country.

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Americans get the latest pharmaceutical drugs, sometimes years before those drugs are available to people in Britain or in other countries where the government runs the medical system. Why? Because the latest drugs cost more and it is cheaper to let people die.

The media have often said that we have higher infant mortality rates than other countries with government medical care systems. But we count every baby that dies and other countries do not. If the media don't tell you that, so much the better for ObamaCare.

But is life and death something to play spin games about?

This article was published in the Jewish World Review on Tuesday, August 24, 2010. Please read the original article here.
Author : Thomas Sowell is an American Economist.
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