I love the Economist, which only gives you the sense of knowing what’s up in East Timor but has enormous special sections like “Tin: a 14-page series.” (It’s in demand, which is putting stresses on the environment, and there are new players in Asia poised to capitalize on it, but the future is still a question.) This week there was a tiny article on Canadian health care, and this passage made my eyes go Marty Feldman:
“Health spending, which is administered by the provinces, has increased from nearly 35% to 46% today. In Ontario, the most populous province, it is set to reach 80% by 2030, leaving pennies for everything else the government does, not counting tax increases or new federal transfers.”
Meaning, there will be tax increases and new federal transfers. Eighty percent! The article goes on to note how drug costs are going up - there’s a stunner - and the government came up with some jiggery-pokery to increase the amount of generics sold vs. branded drugs. (Generics are more expensive in Canada, according to the article. Also, Spock has a beard.) This was very unpopular with pharmacists: “The official leading the reform, who had received death threats in a previous round of cutting, now has police protection.”
Health care will just get more expensive, and there will be less of it. But as long as everyone has the same amount of more expensive, less-available care, that will be fine. Give “Logan’s Run” some credit for its pure egalitarian vision: everyone died at 30, and you can’t get anymore equal than that.
(PS: Bonus Ricochet points for anyone who can explain the title of the post.)