Samuel sets out the economic process for market based "health care reform". In this he follows the economic prescriptions of those who have reformed the health system in the USA and who have marketed "reform" to politicians across the world. By placing his reforms squarely in the context of the market and competition he changes the frames of understanding used in Australia. This is the world of customers, shopping around, level playing fields, stocks and shares, profit and competition.
By providing "services" instead of "care" it becomes legitimate for one set of citizens to capitalise on and benefit from the misery and suffering of their fellow citizens. They are encouraged to compete for the pleasure of doing so.
To understand the consequences of the sort of principles which Samuel proposes it is necessary to examine what has already happened in health care marketplaces. We can then step outside the market paradigm and examine market theory from other paradigms in order to understand why these things have occurred. The insights can then be applied to Samuel's proposals.
These matters are explored extensively on this www site.
CLICK HERE -- to go to the introductory page for the US marketplace.
CLICK HERE -- to go to the introductory page for the international marketplace
CLICK HERE -- to go to a page looking at the process of market reform in health care.
HERE -- to examine the way and the
why of corporate market failure
CLICK HERE -- to proceed to the next criticism - Number 9
CLICK HERE -- to go to the next section of Samuel's speech