American Healthcare Reform: A Swiss Example

While attempting to cover the current crisis in healthcare, the media often portrays Republican solutions as callous, claiming that they unmercifully toss out the old and let all of the poor die in the streets. Republicans reply that Democrats, in Orwellian fashion, are using healthcare as a stepping stone to seize control over every aspect of our lives. In certain political constructs, both sides could be considered correct. Both, however, have proved to be incompetent at fulfilling their multitude of promises. Democrats push for single-payer, while Republicans have offered no real alternatives.

 Political turmoil has often times been seen on the issue of healthcare, as Americans see The American Health Care Act & Obamacare as failures.

Political turmoil has often times been seen on the issue of healthcare, as Americans see The American Health Care Act & Obamacare as failures.

Single-payer has consistently shown itself to be wildly ineffective and inefficient. Wait times are longer, taxes are higher, and innovation is slowed. While the Republican response has been reform such as the American Health Care Act, attempts to decrease government spending and provide innovation have been ultimately unsuccessful in the creation of real ideas and reforms.

Recently, a new model has gained popularity among libertarian circles, Switzerland. Switzerland is a model that could be easily implemented in the US. 99.5% of the Swiss people have health insurance. If you ask a Democrat, they’ll often proclaim that this success must be because of government mandates and intervention. However, this simply isn't true. Switzerland has the 4th freest economy in the world and over 100 innovative insurance companies competing for the business of the 8 million Swiss people. Wait times are the second lowest in the world, behind the US. Switzerland remains the free market capital of Europe while providing excellent care.

 A general comparison between the US and Switzerland in healthcare, showing them relative to other countries around the world. This chart from The Commonwealth Fund measured health care quality, access, efficiency, signs of healthy lives, and equity.

A general comparison between the US and Switzerland in healthcare, showing them relative to other countries around the world. This chart from The Commonwealth Fund measured health care quality, access, efficiency, signs of healthy lives, and equity.