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Unformatted text preview: DDI 2009 single payer bad tournament updates 1 Single payer bad for healthcare The inefficiencies of single payer healthcare cost lives-long waiting lists prevent immediate treatment Hogberg 7- research analyst at the Public Interest Institute (David, “The Myths of Single Payer Healthcare,” FreeMarketCure, http://freemarketcure.com/singlepayermyths.php) Jonathan Cohn, author of Sick, wrote that the "stories about [rationing in] Canada are wildly exaggerated." Yet advocates of single-payer never say what they mean by "exaggerated." The fact is that people often suffering great pain and anxiety while they spend months on a waiting list for surgery . Others spend months waiting for a surgery, only to have it cancelled, after which they will spend even more time waiting for another surgery . Sometimes people even die while on the waiting list . Media in foreign nations are full of stories about people suffer while on a waiting list. In Canada, Diane Gorsuch twice had heart surgery cancelled; she suffered a fatal heart attack before her third surgery . In Great Britain, Mavis Skeet had her cancer surgery cancelled four times before her cancer was determined to have become inoperable . In Australia, eight-year-old Kyle Inglis has lost 50 percent of his hearing while waiting nearly 11 months for an operation to remove a tumor in his ear. Kyle is one of over 1,000 children waiting over 600 days for ear, nose and throat surgery in Warnbro, a suburb in Western Australia. These are not mere anecdotes. Much academic literature has examined the impact of waiting lists on health . A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that 50 people died while on a wait list for cardiac catheterization in Ontario. A study of Swedish patients on a wait list for heart surgery found that the "risk of death increases significantly with waiting time." In a 2000 article in the journal Clinical Oncology, British researchers studying 29 lung cancer patients waiting for treatment further found that about 20 percent "of potentially curable patients became incurable on the waiting list." Single payer healthcare is not effective- studies that say otherwise are skewed Hogberg 7- research analyst at the Public Interest Institute (David, “The Myths of Single Payer Healthcare,” FreeMarketCure, http://freemarketcure.com/singlepayermyths.php) Most single-payer advocates point to life expectancy and infant mortality as evidence that single-payer systems produce better health outcomes than the U. S. And, indeed, the U.S. has lower life expectancy and higher infant mortality than many nations with a single-payer system. The problem is that life expectancy and infant mortality tell us very little about the quality of a health care system. Life expectancy is determined by a host of factors over which a health care system has little control, such as genetics, crime rate, gross domestic product per capita, diet, sanitation, and literacy rate ....
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- Fall '10
- Universal health care, Single-payer health care