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Free Medicine

Nearly every reform proposal offered to fix "the health-care crisis" calls for increased governmental control of medicine. These proposals are the logical result of the belief that there is a "right" to medical care. But there is no such right. Rights, properly understood, do not include an entitlement to the services of others. Recall the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson referred ... [click for more]

The Confusion over Rights

The fastest-growing federal programs are entitlements and transfer programs. These programs include Medicare, food stamps, housing assistance, and Social Security, among others. Transfer programs have risen from 15% of federal spending in 1953 to 20% in 1965, to almost 45% in 1992. Any serious attempt to control federal spending must begin with these programs. [click for more]

Health Care Reform vs. the Founders

The president has announced his health-care plan, and congressional Republicans have announced theirs. Although the details are still murky, the plans seem to share one fundamental assumption — that every man, woman and child in the U.S. must participate in the system. The healthy must subsidize the sick; the young must subsidize the old; the ... [click for more]

A Freedom Daily Classic Reprint: The Right to Health

The State can protect and promote the interests of its sick, or potentially sick, citizens in one of two ways only: either by coercing physicians, and other medical and paramedical personnel, to serve patients — as State-owned slaves in the last analysis, or be creating economic, moral, and political circumstances favorable to a plentiful supply of competent physicians and ... [click for more]

Book Review: Failure and Progress

Failure and Progress: The Bright Side of the Dismal Science by Dwight R. Lee and Richard B. McKenzie (Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute, 1993); 163 pages; $10.95. In An Economist's Protest (1927), English economist Edwin Cannan remarked, "Modern civilization, nearly all civilization, is based on the principle of making things pleasant for those who please the market and unpleasant for ... [click for more]

The Real Free-Market Approach to Health Care, Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In his book A Critique of Interventionism , Ludwig von Mises wrote, "Authors of economics books, essays, articles, and political platforms demand interventionist measures before they are taken, but once they have been imposed no one likes them. Then everyone-usually even the authorities responsible for them-call them insufficient and ... [click for more]

National Health Insurance and the Welfare State, Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 After the experiences of the totalitarian states in the 20th century, logic suggests that the world would have learned the lesson that every growth in state power-every extension of government control in social and economic affairs-threatens the liberty of the people. The alternative is always and ultimately a choice between ... [click for more]

The Case against Medical Licensing

For the first 120 years of our history, America had, essentially, a free-market health-care system. There were few licensing laws or other barriers to entry into the healing arts. A variety of practitioners offered services, including herbalists, nature-care therapists, hydrotherapists, osteopaths, allopaths and homeopaths. There was a variety of healing schools and clinics. During this time, America was among ... [click for more]

A Freedom Daily Classic Reprint: Medical Licensure

The medical profession is one in which practice of the profession has for a long time been restricted to people with licenses. Offhand, the question, "Ought we to let incompetent physicians practice?" seems to admit of only a negative answer. But I want to urge that second thought may give pause. In the first place, licensure is the key to ... [click for more]

Book Review: Grassroots Tyranny

Grassroots Tyranny: The Limits of Federalism by Clint Bolick (Washington, D.C.: The Cato Institute, 1993); 195 pages; $21.95 (cloth); $12.95 (paper). In his book The Vanishing Rights of the States (1926), former Solicitor General of the United States, James M. Beck, pointed out that "unhappily a written form of government is not a Gibraltar that can resist the waves, ... [click for more]
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