Monday, June 9, 2008

Charity Medical Care

We have argued on numerous occasions that the only proper and moral solution to the current health care crisis is a free market in health care and health insurance with charity care for those who cannot afford to pay for treatments.

One question that is frequently asked is how well such charity care works. Fortunately, Brian Schwartz at PatientPower has looked into this question, and he finds that it works quite well.

(And this is despite issues such as "crowd out", where government programs like Medicaid make it more difficult for private charities to function, harming patients in the process. Think of how much more effective those charities could be if there were no Medicaid.)