Bastiat’s warning rings true to anyone familiar with crony capitalism.
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”
Opponents of universal healthcare tell a lot of tall tales. In particular, one common tale we were told in the debates about whether the US could provide near-universal healthcare insurance coverage (the so-called Obamacare) was that “socialized” medicine doesn’t work. In fact, an oft-repeated tale is that the Canadian socialized insurance system is supposedly so awful that Canadians can’t get enough doctors and that doctors flee the Canadian system to go to the land of opportunity, the US.
Well, it’s more than a tall tale. It’s a lie. The Windsor Post points out how for the last ten years, the net flow of doctors has been from the US to Canada. Yes, that’s right. To the degree that doctors are migrating at all, they’re moving away from the bloated, inefficient, costly system that the US runs and moving to Canada.
“The job here is better,” is how Florida native Dr. Christopher Blue summarizes why he moved here in 2010 with his wife, Dr. Kristen Kupeyan (a Windsor native), after attending medical school in the Caribbean, and training in the United Kingdom and Michigan. Here, he works as a hospitalist, an emergency doctor and assists in surgeries at local hospitals, and has two practices with his wife. Having such a varied career is something he couldn’t do in the U.S. [bolding mine)]
But the lure of the Canadian system is more than the ability to have a more varied (and likely more meaningful) career, it’s also a matter of sheer economics. Despite the US system ultimately costing Americans a multiple of what the Canadian system Canadians, and despite Canadians living longer and getting more out of their healthcare, for doctors, it’s dollars and cents.
A presentation I’m doing for a SCAN-Wayne, a local community group/network of aging services businesses in the Metro Detroit area.
Well it’s been a long time since I was regularly blogging – and I want that to change. My professional life has been changing, so, to that end I’m making some minor changes here to the blog, that I hope will help integrate blogging with how my professional life has changed.
First change you may notice is the tabs just under the banner. Except for the About page (which needs to be updated soon), I’ve added four categories: Economics, Higher Ed, Presentations, and Class Notes. The main blog or home page gets all the posts, but I’m categorizing them according to purpose. I’ll continue (resume?) making posts where I explain or comment on economics topics and these will obviously be also categorized under Economics. But in keeping with how broadened activities in my college’s shared governance and strategic planning efforts, as well as my own professional interests in Malartu.org , I also intend to start making posts on ideas and issues facing higher education. In particular I’m interested in innovation, issues, and technology as it affects professors.
Thirdly, I find I’m being asked to make more and more community and campus-wide presentations lately, so I’ve added a category where I can post those for convenience. As I get more adept with lecture capture software, I’ll add videos. Finally, there’s a category that’s plainly just for my and my students’ convenience. It’s a place where I can post links that I intend to use in class.
If you’re interested in everything, then just keep coming to the home page. But if you’re only interested in of these categories, feel free to frequent that tab or subscribe to the RSS feed for it.
And I also want to thank everybody for coming to visit. Readership, largely through search since I haven’t been adding that much new stuff lately, has been very rewarding and encouraging. Thanks.
Links for in-class discussion on US Federal Budget and fiscal policy:
Actual 2015 US Budget Proposal – from Govt Printing Office (pdf of graphs/tables)
The presentation I’m making to some open classes on campus this week and to a community group in early May. Bottom-line: When media pundits and politicians tell us that the older generation is “screwing” the younger generation, they’re lying. There sound economic theoretical and empirical reasons for intergenerational transfer programs and social compacts like Social Security and Medicare. And, there’s not factual reasons to say “Social Security and Medicare are going bankrupt”. Quite the contrary, these programs will be there in the future when the younger generation retires and even when my as-yet-unborn grandchildren retire. The only real threat to Social Security and Medicare comes from an overly-privileged 1% of the wealth and income distribution that frankly doesn’t understand how the programs work.