Look at the NHS in Britain. They won't allow several drugs - not in the national budget. Patients have to wait to get admitted into a service. Not in the budget this month. Try getting into a dentist in Scotland. There is a general practice of just letting the elderly die of pneumonia - keeps the costs down. After all, they were going to die sometime anyway.
I don't think so! You don't have to look far to see what not for profit, national health insurance has wrought. Our problems with health insurance / cost of medical care stem from 2 basic problems IMHO. First, we have a classic case of over consumption of health care because we don't pay the bills. The insurance companies or government pays the freight, depending on whether you have insurance or not. Somehow we lose sight of the connection between the bills paid and the cost of insurance premiums. If we as individuals were paying more of the bills I have no doubt we would be making our healthcare decisions much differently. Second, to many of us believe health care is a basic right. This way of thinking engenders the idea that the government solution is the only one and discourages people from taking responsibility for themselves. One final thought, it seems to me that there is a basic unfairness that if righted would be a very positive move; that being to make health insurance premiums for basic coverage tax deductible by whomever pays them. Nuff said.