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More Socialism Won't Resuscitate Health Industry

Published: Mon 30 Jul 2007 02:42 PM
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More Socialism Won't Resuscitate Dying Health Industry
Libertarianz Health spokesman and Masterton GP Richard McGrath said today that the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists should cease their calls for more government interference in the health system.
"For seventy-plus years, we have had state interference in the practice of health care," said Dr McGrath. "Where has it got us? We still have endless waiting lists and an overburdened, over-regulated workforce of demoralized health workers."
"The public hospital system is a disgrace," he added. "Socialism has nearly destroyed it. How much more evidence do we need before we accept that socialized medicine just does not work? Not only that, but it is also immoral, because it is bankrolled by money that is extorted from the productive, and rationed out as though it was a limited resource."
"Socialism is a cancer that has taken a heavy toll on the lives of New Zealanders," said Dr McGrath. "I applaud ASMS for pointing out how moribund the public health system has become. But we need to excise this cancer, rather than allowing it to destroy the lives of more New Zealanders."
"If elected to government, the Libertarianz Party would sell off state-owned health infrastructure, shut down the IRD extortion racket and allow private healthcare to flourish. People should be encouraged to take charge of their own lives instead of having politicians doing their thinking for them."
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