Rituparna Basu of the Ayn Rand Institute discusses the myths and realities of universal healthcare. According to Basu, although many countries claim to have achieved universal healthcare, there are serious drawbacks to those systems. In order to afford such programs, argues Basu, governments limit spending artificially by instituting price controls on doctor services, drugs, and treatments, thus rationing care. Governments also raise taxes in myriad ways to raise revenue to cover their health programs, often putting the long-term fiscal health of their nations at risk. According to Basu, government-led universal healthcare is not a good model for doctors and patients, and not a good model for the United States.
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