Listening to Picasso

Oct 1, 2009 • Thinking Economically • 148 Views    No Comments

Pablo Picasso is quoted for (maybe) saying “Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” Perhaps, when pondering health care reform, Congress should do more “stealing”. Looking at Switzerland’s health care model, we might “steal” their attention to incentives. Insurers, patients, and physicians each have incentives that achieve the model’s goals. With a much larger and more diverse society, their system might not be transferrable to the United States. However, we can learn from it. Similarly, are we learning from the problems being experienced by Massachusetts and its universal health care initiative? The link to the NY Times article about the Swiss health care model has been posted in today’s “Notes”.

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