An Inconsistency

Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Imagine, for the purpose of this post, that Covid-19 is a disease that would have overwhelmed any health-care system that is humanly possible. Imagine also an alternative universe in which Britain had no NHS but, instead, relied for its citizens’ health-care provision exclusively on free-market forces. What would the reaction of intellectuals be to reports of this free-market health-care system encountering the problems that are now, in reality, being encountered by the NHS? Is there any doubt that these problems would be trumpeted as indisputable evidence that free-market health care is unworkable — a failure — a curse and danger to humanity — conclusive proof that governments should nationalize health-care provision, or at least play a much more active role in this provision?” (11/23/21)