Myth #1. In Countries with National Health Insurance, People Have a Right to Health CareEach myth is dissected in detail, with numerous citations to support his refutation of each one. His discussion of myth #12 is especially good, because he shows the the problems of nationalized health care are necessarily and inevitably part of a socialized medical system, when politicians and bureaucrats are put in charge of health care decisions, rather than patients and doctors. Hence, they cannot be reformed by just tweaking the government system a little bit. In essence, the problems arise because health care decisions are based on the politics of pull rather than the judgements of individual patients and doctors seeking their own best interests in a free market.
Myth #2. Countries with National Health Insurance Deliver High-Quality Health Care
Myth #3. Countries with National Health Insurance Make Health Care Available on the Basis of Need Rather Than Ability to Pay
Myth #4. Although the United States Spends More per Capita on Health Care Than Other Countries with National Health Insurance, Americans Do Not Get Better Health Care
Myth #5. Countries with National Health Insurance Create Equal Access to Health Care
Myth #6. Countries with National Health Insurance Hold Down Costs by Operating More Efficient Health Care Systems
Myth #7. National Health Insurance Would Benefit the Elderly and Racial Minorities
Myth #8. Countries with National Health Insurance Have Been More Successful Than the United States in Controlling Health Care Costs
Myth #9. Single-Payer National Health Insurance Would Reduce the Cost of Prescription Drugs for Americans
Myth #10. Under National Health Insurance, Funds are Allocated So That They Have the Greatest Impact on Health
Myth #11. A Single-Payer National Health Care System Would Lower Health Care Costs because Preventative Health Services Would Be More Widely Available
Myth #12. The Defects of National Health Insurance Schemes in Other Countries Could be Remedied by a Few Reforms
During some of the recent exchanges in the opinion sections and online comment boards of the newspapers, I've seen several of these myths asserted. Goodman's paper provides some valuable intellectual ammunition to combat these falsehoods.
(The above paper is about 26 pages long. Those who want to read an even more detailed version can go the related article by John Goodman and Devon Herrick, "20 Myths About Single Payer Insurance", which runs well over 100 pages!)