The View From 1776
Monday, August 31, 2009
Massachusetts Leads the Way
To cut soaring medical care costs under its version of single-payer health insurance (which is partly the model for proposed Federal socialization of the healthcare industry), Massachusetts proposes to begin rationing healthcare via an arbitrary limit on spending.
A global budget for medical providers is a euphemistic term for the sort of rationing that the UK imposes under its national health system and what Canada does via its provincial budgets. Doctors and hospitals are told that they have a fixed amount of money available; it becomes their job to ration care among patients in order to fit within the budget.