This short-sighted remark ignores the fact that Americans already face a bureaucracy uninterested in their personal health: namely, insurance companies following their calculated plans to maximize profit and market share. Already doctors and patients have to go to bureaucrats and their not-so-compassionate calculators!
Is it true that a public health program run by the Federal Government is doomed to be inefficient? One can compare the privatized U.S. healthcare system to the nationalized healthcare available in the rest of the industrialized world, including Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, and the U.K, using the data and statistics provided by the World Health Organization on their website.
The total expenditure on health (private and public) per capita in the U.S. is 1.8 – 2.5 higher than these countries, yet it does not enjoy better standards of health. The U.S. suffers the highest mortality rates for infants, children under five, and adults between 15 and 60 years. Also, Americans lose more years of life to communicable diseases.
Given the inefficiency of the privatized healthcare system in the U.S., we should consider revamping the system and modeling a new one off of a tried-and-true one, such as Finland.