Some would say that this is an ugly example of what happens when greedy capitalists get involved in healthcare. I suspect a more nuanced reaction should be ‘this is what goes wrong when the interaction between government funding and private contractors goes wrong.
It is a story about hospices in the USA. Of course in the UK, the hospices are one of the few remaining areas of social care that is predominantly done by neither the state nor by private enterprise. It is done by charities. I think government support is limited to something like 40%. Maybe this fact is somehow realised by people since these are some of the best supported charities. The accounts I have heard of them anecdotally have been favourable.
- Why is Japanese healthcare cheap? Or, to put it another way, why is British and, even more, American healthcare so expensive?
- The part of healthcare that is still mainly charitable
- Innovation in US healthcare policy
- How many Canadians leave the country to get healthcare
- Charitable work for the dying. How much should the state pay?