Since World War II the U.S. Federal Government has been increasingly undermining market forces in the American medical system. In this podcast, Richard Amerling, M.D. reviews the harmful consequences of these failed top-down policies and what can be done to restore a true free market. The invisible hand of the free market would lower prices, increase quality, strengthen the patient-physician relationship, and encourage patients to make wiser health choices, leading to healthier patients, explains Dr. Amerling. Click here to read Dr. Amerling’s latest article, “The Clouded Utopian Vision for Healthcare Ignores Reality.”
Benjamin Barr, Counsel at the Wyoming Liberty Group, first spoke with Michael about the concept of Medical Freedom Zones back in 2010. He returns to dig deeper into this proposed mechanism that would Americans to bypass the burdensome bureaucratic barriers blocking their access to affordable and/or innovative medical treatments. This government over-regulation is creating a growing demand for medical tourism; 500,000 patients sought care outside of the U.S. in 2008. Mr. Barr recently coauthored a 68-page report outlining his proposal to help these patients find the care they need in the United States rather than abroad:http://wyliberty.org/liberty-brief/medical-freedom-zones/.
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