October 21, 2012

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF HEALTH CARE RATIONING:  An eerie story at RedState about the “Pathway” end-of-life rationing program of the National Health Service.  As the story shows, once rationing is accepted, there is tremendous pressure to use it in a variety of contexts to control costs.

Obamacare, for example, will add an estimated 37 million people to the health care system– a massive increase in demand– without a concomitant increase in the supply of providers.  The result, inevitably, will be queues and other subtle, non-explicit rationing mechanisms such as significant reductions in provider reimbursement.

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