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Bernie Sanders said during the debate that he wants to give America a Scandinavian-style medical care system.
As my Scandinavian and Italian relatives attest, medical care in Denmark and Italy is comparatively easy to access, inexpensive, and excellent. My niece received splendid care for a concussion and shattered ankle in Rome, and my uncle only had to pay for a $25 fee to get a copy of her records transferred to her doctors back home.
Once she got back to the States, having the follow-up care here in the U.S. (even with health insurance) set my uncle back ten grand.
Here’s my question: If I imagine my niece’s care as consisting of various medications, diagnostic tests (MRIs) and surgical techniques (e.g., laparoscopy) performed by Italian doctors, how much of this would be possible in the absence of the research, development, and innovation that takes place in the US?
Is there evidence that our system, retaining as it does a profit motive for medical innovation, produces more than its share of innovation and invention?