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Quite. Is there an example anywhere on the planet of privatised health care offering a better front line service than nationalised health care?

The US approach is a moral, financial and medical disaster for most of the population, and hardly seems like something to aspire to.

It seems bizarre to me that so many people are claiming that the private sector is still de facto better at business than government is, when the last two centuries have proven otherwise over and over.

The private sector is better at profit, but it certainly isn't better at providing consistent high quality services. It may provide better services sometimes, but only under very specific democratic and legislative conditions.

Otherwise the tail wags the dog right off a cliff and no one wins - the business sector least of all.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 05:35:41 AM EST
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Technically, yes.

It's a mistake to conflate the systems of nationalized healthcare provision present in the UK and Spain with the system of nationalized health insurance that France and many other EU countries have.

And the French system generally comes out on top in surveys of national healthcare systems.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 11:47:29 AM EST
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The French system is currently being starve-the-beasted...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Thu Jan 22nd, 2009 at 11:59:46 AM EST
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