Fundamentally with health care, until people have to pay for what they’re buying it’s not going to work. Purchasing health care is almost exactly like purchasing any other good in the economy. If we’re going to pretend there’s a market for it, let’s just make a real market for it.
Steven Levitt, spraakmakend econoom verbonden aan de Universiteit van Chicago en auteur van populair-wetenschappelijke bestsellers, denkt dat mensen eerst maar eens moeten sparen voordat ze uit pure hebzucht een super-de-luxe chemotherapie aanschaffen, want met nieuwe auto’s werkt het ook zo:
In their latest book, Think Like a Freak, co-authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner tell a story about meeting David Cameron in London before he was Prime Minister. They told him that the U.K.’s National Health Service — free, unlimited, lifetime heath care — was laudable but didn’t make practical sense.
“We tried to make our point with a thought experiment,” they write. “We suggested to Mr. Cameron that he consider a similar policy in a different arena. What if, for instance…everyone were allowed to go down to the car dealership whenever they wanted and pick out any new model, free of charge, and drive it home?”
Maar zelfs David Cameron trapte er niet in:
Rather than seeing the humor and realizing that health care is just like any other part of the economy, Cameron abruptly ended the meeting, demonstrating one of the risks of ‘thinking like a freak,’ Dubner says in the accompanying video.