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Capitalism and Medicine
In Reply to: Socialism and health care posted by Nikhil Jaikumar on September 07, 1999 at 22:09:09:
The logic of capitalistic medicine is perfectly clear and predictable: a lot of money, a lot of care; a little money, a little care; no money, no care. All medical statistics, from infant mortality to life expectancy, point to one obvious undeniable fact: the more money one has, the better health care one receives. There is no reason why this fact should be so dismaying to capitalists, or that they should feel a need to deny it at all costs. That is the way capitalism works in every other area of life: the rich can afford finer food, finer clothing, better automobiles, bigger houses, and better educations. If there is a price tag on health care (and there is), then those with more money can buy more and better health care. But, capitalistic health care goes beyond the simple reality of the rich having more access to better care than the poor do.