A highly unusual method for the consumer to pay for health care by using a token system. Let’s consider some of the ramifications.

  • There would have to be a way for the medical institutions to convert these tokens to cash.
  • There would also have to be a way for the tokens to be attached to the individual so that a black market wouldn’t spring up.
  • I suspect that the law would have to prevent medical facilities from accepting cash.
  • You can’t realistically suppress the ultra-rich, so they would need a way to buy tokens.

I saw another alternative while I was in Peru — similar to the one that my county had when I was growing up:

  • The government has free or low cost clinics. There were long lines.
  • You could buy your way into an HMO which was much better.
  • The HMO we were in did an ultrasound for cancer ($45) before they would accept you. That was the only preexisting condition that they refused.

A good article to start the discussion.

William “Bill” Myers, Analyzes all, Programmer, retired. If you learn anything new, find enjoyment, have a new thought, then I’m successful. Photo: 1st article

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