My brother and his girl had been getting brainwashed into thinking NHI/UHC was the way to go, so we had a lively discussion over the weekend. One of my arguments against NHI/UHC is that in time, the private sector would take care of the lower class, much in the same way Walgreens (a national drug store) does now (to an extent.)
Think about it. Right now ANYONE can walk into a Walgreens and buy things that treat all kinds of ailments. I was telling him that in time, there will be cancer pills sold at Walgreens and that they’d have on site docs to take care of minor (perhaps even major) health issues.
It’s my belief (and I think research would back this) that medical prices are kept artificial high by restrictions that are in place that keep things from being market efficient. I’m positive that the Target and Walmart type corporations would LOVE to be able to provide more advanced medical procedures (and could probably have them done for 1/10th the price and double the service) but there are rules and regulations preventing them from doing so.