Paul Krugman has a point. It may not be a death panel, but some form of rationing will be necessary to have any hope of controlling Medicare costs. We spend too much at the end of life, we spend too much on inefficient health care…we simple spend too much and our children and grandchildren cannot afford it.
Krugman should have opted for a better choice of words and explained what he meant, but he tells the truth. The idea that we can have all the health care we want regardless of the cost simply cannot continue. Great Britain uses panels to determine the cost/benefit of some procedures based on individual circumstances and may not pay for a service, the English love their system.
The promise of health care reform is false, it cannot provide high quality care and make health care affordable under the current system. There are many in the U.S. who believe that health care should be “free” at the point of service, and that cost should never be a consideration in providing health care. That may be the ideal world, but it is not the real world.
What’s the message here? In part, the message is the health care you want may well be coming directly from your pocket in the years ahead, plan accordingly.
- Paul Krugman on death panels (doctorrw.blogspot.com)
- Paul Krugman’s “Solution” to U.S. Deficit: Death Panels and VAT (independent.org)