So while President Obama and politicians in Washington dream up the latest grandiose government health care reform to address rising health care costs, the most effective, affordable and convenient health care solutions might be right around the corner at your local Target store.He notes that the clinic is open nearly 70 hours per week, and then shows the list of other services provided, from minor illnesses like ear ache to stitch removal to vaccinations to TB screening, all ranging in price from $29 to $69. He then asks:
Q: In places like Canada and UK with government health care, would this type of affordable, convenient, walk-in, free-market alternative even be allowed?The obvious implication is, if Obamacare is passed, will this type of alternative be outlawed?
And the not-so-obvious implication is, if we had a truly free market in health care, how much cheaper would such a clinic be than this, how many more services might it provide, what amazing new technologies and drugs might be available (portable, cheap MRIs, OTC cancer drugs genetically targeted to your tumor while you shop for t-shirts and garden supplies)...?
Basically, imagine the best, most amazing advances you can with prices lower than seems possible, and then go twice as far down that path. Target's small offering--likely based on Wal-Mart's moves in this market--is but a tiny taste of what America's health care could be like if the government got out of the way.