Healthy competition.

AuthorCassell, Merrill

Derek Murphy makes a good point about healthcare (Letters, October 2002). There is an ongoing debate about whether health services are a private or a public good. Private medical services are efficient and quick, but costly. Public medicine is cheaper, but less efficient. Private services are prompt, whereas there are waiting lists for public ones. The issue is about rich and poor. The rich get fast attention while the poor receive substandard treatment.

But why reform healthcare to the point that we destroy the efficiency of the market system...

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