Monday, 10 September 2007

A lack of insurance does not mean a lack of medical care, says Baltimore Sun opinion piece

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According to Thomas Sowell, in a recent Baltimore Sun opinion piece, the "biggest of the big lies in the health care hype is that a lack of insurance means a lack of medical care." Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a Stanford think tank. He then mentions how he paid for his own broken arm and jaw when he didn't have insurance when he was young.

Sowell also writes that "few people show the slightest interest in what has happened in countries with government-controlled medical care." He cites waiting lists in such countries while people in America are just "picking up a phone and making an appointment."

Sowell is right. You can just pick up a phone and make a doctor's appointment here in the U.S.

Paying for it, well, that's not quite as easy.

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