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The European Model: The U.S.

The left wants to adopt a European model. But what if the European model is to reform their system to look more like ours? In The Weekly Standard, Stanley Goldfarb investigates the example of the Netherlands. The Dutch are reforming their centralized health care system to allow profit-seeking insurers, and taking other free-market steps. Goldfarb asks:

The OECD has polled Europeans who regularly utilize health care about their satisfaction with their healthcare system. In 2003, 45.2% of the respondents in 15 nations in the European Union expressed dissatisfaction. While similar numbers of patients express dissatisfaction with the United States system, are we willing to embark on an experiment with a potential outcome to create a system that not only leaves us pretty much at a similar degree of satisfaction but one that has angered and polarized our entire nation? Can’t we wait to see how the Massachussetts plan turns out before we commit the whole nation to a similar approach? Can’t we learn from countries like the Netherlands where competition, incentives, and privatization are seen as the means to efficiency and high patient satisfaction?

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