In a stunning new report I cover in this week's #podcast
, Canada has seen a 25% increase in Canadian citizens fleeing "free" healthcare in order to PAY for it in the United States. Canadians have a single-payer healthcare system where your healthcare is controlled by the government and paid for by confiscatory taxes imposed on its citizens.
As expected, this government controlled system has been disastrous and has caused long-waiting times for people in need of care.
Here is how supporters of government-run, single-payer healthcare will respond to this data (not realizing that they are making the case for free markets). They will say:
1. "A lot of Americans leave the country to seek healthcare in other countries too."
Yes, this is correct. It's correct because many other countries have specific healthcare services that operate in a free-market pricing system, even though the country has a single-payer model. For example, many Americans travel to Colombia to have certain procedures done in private facilities because those private, free market, prices are cheaper than those we have here with our numerous regulations.
2. "Only the rich Canadians travel to the US for healthcare."
Even if this were true it would only solidify the argument for free markets, and against government medicine, because it means that those who can afford to escape the rationing of single-payer government healthcare do, while others are left behind to suffer in long lines.
3. "Well, at least everyone is covered in Canada."
Covered? Covered for what? Anyone can be told they are "covered", but if the "coverage" doesn't get you the medical treatment you need then you are still left to suffer! Rationing has gotten so out-of-control in single-payer systems that 5% of UK physicians ADMIT to knowing of a patient who died while on the waiting list.
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