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A  lot of the claims about the problems with health care from the free-market worshippers are based on the “moral hazard” doctrine, that people will receive all kinds of health care they don’t need if  they aren’t forced to pay for it–sort of a polite way of saving that the people are the problem, not the for-profit insurance industry.

It’s worth going back and reading Malcolm Gladwell’s take on the moral hazard doctrine in the New Yorker a few years ago. It is more relevant than ever in the current debate.

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  1. IBXer

    September 29, 2009 at 10:07 am

    The LA Times

    In Canada, a move toward a private healthcare option

    In British Columbia, private clinics and surgical centers are capitalizing on patients who might otherwise pay for faster treatment in the U.S. The courts will consider their legality next month.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-healthcare-canada27-2009sep27,0,5111855.story