Taxpayer-funded public Health systems to give basic healthcare near-free to poor people is actually not that bad an idea, as long as it it is limited to basics, and excludes unnecessary procedures such as cosmetic surgery, gender reassignment surgury and in-vitro fertilisation, for instance. It is not Socialist to expect that a man injured in a car accident should be given treatment regardless of his ability to pay. Trying to deliver this result through compulsory medicare insurance is just about the worst way of doing it. While healthcare is funded by insurance, the costs will continue to rise. Public Health Hospitals compete with private ones and drive prices down in countries with Public Health systems. It may be technically a Socialist move, but it actually makes Capitalism work better in the Health market.

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