[extropy-chat] Who Gets Expensive Treatments Under Socialism? (was Cryonics is the only option?)

Lee Corbin lcorbin at rawbw.com
Mon Apr 16 03:52:59 UTC 2007

Ben writes

> There would doubtless be some kind of cost-benefit calculation involved, 
> to decide just who would get this treatment. Unless you're in America, 
> where, i assume, you die if you can't afford whatever life-saving 
> treatment you need (is this correct?).

But if money doesn't decide, who does, and how?  Is it assumed that
the "waiting list" works well enough where you live?  In the U.S.
there have been cases IIRC where famous baseball players have
gone to the head of the list;   and I cannot believe that people
who are less connected (like me) could possibly stand the same
chance as people who are well-connected (like powerful politicians).

Does this problem seem to come up in countries with even more
socialized medicine than we have in the U.S.?


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