March 18, 2005
Photo Tour of Healthcare in Socialist Paradise
A favorite myth of the willfully deluded fools who dominate the Left is that you can improve healthcare by removing the guiding hand of the free market and letting it be regulated instead through coercion, like Amtrak and the Post Office. I have actually heard with my own ears people raving that health care in Canada is superior to that in the USA. Whenever Cuba is mentioned in the MSM, you can count on having to listen to a plug for their vaunted free healthcare. The Deputy Director of the World Health Organization recently praised Cuba's primary healthcare services as a model for other countries.
It's hardly surprising that healthcare in Cuba is free. Healthcare generally is free in prisons. It's free in American prisons too. The only differences are:
- In Cuba, the entire country is a prison.
- In America, the healthcare offered prisoners is of high quality.
Here's a close-up of the floor in an area where patients are attended to at a hospital in Havana that Castro referred to as "one of the most modern and best ones in the country":
As pointed out on Babalu Blog, you can only imagine what the floor must look like in a rural hospital.
High among my many reasons for fearing and loathing Hillary Clinton is her avowed hostility to our healthcare system. Of course, she doesn't want to destroy it. She only wants to socialize it.
If you think there's a difference, you might benefit from a photo tour of a hospital where medicine has been socialized. Take the original Spanish-language tour here. An English language tour is also available.
Posted by Van Helsing at March 18, 2005 9:13 AM
The patient paying with help from insurance is the way found in the US for health care. Or the state giving a hospital a fixed amount of money to last a quarter or a whole year as found in fascist paradises like Cuba.
With the American system, as long as there is money there is hope. Heck in America there are hospitals that treat people for free, the hospitals cover costs through donations.
Whereas Cuba, because Fidel's minions control the whole health care industry, it is the functionaries who determine who is treated. In fact it is the functionaries who determine everything about the hospital in regards to staffing levels, equipment, and facilities.
Now which set-up is more pro-choice again?
The insidousness of complete state controlled/funded health care that is it relieves the indivdual of responsibility for their own health. So what if they smoke two packs a day or a whole box of cigars a day, the state hospital will treat them. In a system like that of the United States, having to pay for one's poor health choices actually encourages a healthier life style becuase it is cheaper to be healthy than to be sick.
Posted by: Anna at March 18, 2005 11:22 AM
I always get the spill about how well the post office works too when liberals try to defend socialist programs, or government ran whatever you wanna call it. They don't seem to understand that nothing is free, and you get what you pay for.
Posted by: Jay at March 18, 2005 3:49 PM
Public health system they say.
I come from such system.
It is as workable as government fixed price system.
In both cases you get "black market" economy running behing the scene (and is still bad quality as well).
Posted by: Felis at March 18, 2005 5:25 PM
Anything run by government costs much more and is less efficient...(sp??) Public healthcare in the USA would be a disaster.
Posted by: Raven at March 18, 2005 6:52 PM
Some years ago I can remember Canadian doctors warning Americans about socialized medicine...I gather hospitals have shut down there as a result.
Posted by: Cao at March 19, 2005 9:20 AM