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March 26, 2010

Quote Of The Day

by Brad Warbiany

Jim Harper @ Reason, on the security of electronic medical records (emphasis added):

Transferring control of health care to the federal government transfers control of health information to the federal government. The government has interests distinct from patients, and no matter how hard one fights to protect patients’ privacy interests, the government’s interests in cost control, social engineering, and such will ineluctably win out.

One of the “selling points” of healthcare reform has been that insurance companies make their profits by denying coverage; their incentive is to not pay whenever they can avoid it. The same people who make this argument assume that a government-run system won’t have these issues; its incentive will be 100% patient care.

Anyone who makes that argument does not understand government. In fact, most of the reason that people don’t comprehend the dysfunction of government is that they assume government’s stated objectives align with its incentives. When you start analyzing the actual incentives, as proponents of public choice theory do, it all starts to make perfect sense. Most of what we consider government incompetence, malfeasance, or dysfunction are simply based on people rationally following perverse incentives. Get your head around that, and it all falls into place.

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2 Comments

  1. Don’t forget that the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology was quietly slipped into the TARP bailout package that was passed LAST February and has an annual budget of more than $19 BILLION dollars.

    As described in the CommieCare bill and the TARP bill, the Coordinator will “guide medical decisions at the time and place of care.”

    Let that sink in a bit.

    The federalies will be determining the appropriate medical decisions AT THE TIME AND PLACE OF CARE. Translation: IN THE EXAM ROOM.

    Comment by Jason A. — March 27, 2010 @ 8:41 am
  2. What, you don’t trust those nameless, faceless bureaucrats and health care effectiveness statisticians (aka death panels) that will be making your health care decisions for you (as opposed to insurance companies where there is at least a nominal level of competition and choice and with real reform there could be a lot more)?

    Comment by Let's Be Free — March 28, 2010 @ 7:22 am

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