A Free-Market Guide to Fixing Healthcare

Now that it’s already too late, I happened across this great article about fixing healthcare.  It’s from the great libertarian think-tank, Mises.org


A Free-Market Guide to Fixing Healthcare
Mises Daily by Mises.org | Posted on 10/2/2009 12:00:00 AM

It’s a near-universal assumption of the healthcare debate that the current system is a market system and it is broken, and hence we should try a government system. The people who assume this aren’t considering the last 100 years of healthcare policy. Government is deeply involved at all levels, from medical licensure and patents, to direct subsidies and provision, to employee mandates and insurance-pooling controls, at all levels.

It’s been a steady path to medical serfdom all the way, under both parties, and this is precisely what accounts for most of the problems that people complain about. Meanwhile, the private dimensions of the healthcare system are what accounts for its merits.

So what are we doing? The very opposite of what we should be doing: more control instead of more freedom, more spending instead of less, more mandates instead of fewer. The logic of interventionism is taking over: problems are being addressed by more of what caused the problems. The sick patient is being given more poison with the claim that it is the cure.

We’ve put together this healthcare reader as a means of providing a deeper understanding of cause and effect. This market is like all other sectors of society: it functions best under conditions of freedom rather than state control.


“Understanding the Costs of Healthcare” by D.W. MacKenzie
“Is Emergency Care a Failed Market?” by Eric M. Staib
“What Soviet Medicine Teaches Us” by Yuri N. Maltsev
The Real Right to Medical Care versus Socialized Medicine by George Reisman
“A Four-Step Healthcare Solution” by Hans-Hermann Hoppe (Also in MP3)
” Universal Coverage Means Suppressing Human Choice” by Eric M. Staib
“Socialized Healthcare vs. The Laws of Economics” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
“Why Obamacare Can’t Work: The Calculation Argument” by Gabriel E. Vidal
” Private-Sector Health Care Leads the Way” by Chris Brown
“The Relentless Process of Socializing Health Care” by D.W. MacKenzie (Also in MP3)
“How Medical Boards Nationalized Health Care” by Henry Jones
“Health Care for All!” by Christopher Mayer
“Health Care Interventionism: A Case Study” by Christopher Westley
“Bad Medicine” or Bad Economics?” by William L. Anderson


“Socialized Medicine, Take Two” by Jeffrey Herbener, The Free Market
“Socialized Medicine in America” by Timothy D. Terrell, The Free Market
Two Book Reviews by Dale Steinreich, Drury University, The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics Vol. 9, No. 3 (Fall 2006): 75–85 (PDF)

Lives at Risk: Single-Payer National Health Insurance Around The World. By John C. Goodman, Gerald L. Musgrave,
Devon M. Herrick Lanham. Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.
Miracle Cure: How to Solve America’s Health Care Crisis and W:hy
Canada Isn’t the Answer. By

Sally C. Pipes.

San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute, 2004.


“Health Economics” by Walter Block, MisesUniversity, July 31, 2009 (MP3)

“Economics of Risk and Insurance: From Healthcare to Welfare” by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, MisesUniversity, July 29, 2009 (MP3)

Mises Blog: “Health care: the government is the problem” (Video)

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*** Other recommended articles {from the above mentioned blog}:

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200909/health-care/ – How American Health Care Killed My Father by David Goldhill

Moral Health Care vs. “Universal Health Care” – Lin Zinser and Paul Hsieh
http://mason.gmu.edu/~ihs/s92essay.html – The Rise and Fall of Fraternal Insurance Organizations by Leslie Siddeley
http://mises.org/story/3657 – Involuntary Medical Servitude by Maria Martins
http://mises.org/article.aspx?Id=1547 – 100 Years of Medical Robbery by Dale Steinreich
http://mises.org/story/1588 – Real Medical Freedom by Dale Steinreich
How Government Solved the Health Care Crisis
Medical Insurance that Worked — Until Government “Fixed” It
by Roderick T. Long

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