[ExI] Why Cities Keep Growing, Corporations and People Always Die, and Life Gets Faster

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Tue Jun 7 14:05:59 UTC 2011

On 6 June 2011 16:27, Reason <reason at fightaging.org> wrote:

> > where medical services are still offered by private entities for a
> > profit, and the government does not do anything else than footing the
> > bill...
> > BTW, it is not clear to me why Americans call "socialised" a system
> Some fairly clear reference material for that viewpoint:
> http://www.fightaging.org/archives/2009/10/the-doom-that-fell-upon-medical-p
> rogress-in-the-us.php

Mmhhh. In URSS they decided to save on glasses and they experimented with
cheratotomy. Why shouldn't that qualify as "innovation"? Socialised medicine
has the same interest in being efficient as socialised manufacturing of
weapons. Because otherwise its managers are shoot or replaced, for instance.

OTOH, probably a private hospital whose invoices are paid by the government
no-matter-what has no real interest in being efficient. If anything, the
more it spends, the more it can claim it "has" to ask for...

Stefano Vaj
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