Swiss Health Care Thrives Without Public Option

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/01/health/policy/01swiss.html

    By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ
    Published: September 30, 2009
    ZURICH — Like every other country in Europe, Switzerland guarantees health care for all its citizens. But the system here does not remotely resemble the model of bureaucratic, socialized medicine often cited by opponents of universal coverage in the United States.


    Dominic Büttner for The New York Times
    Dr. Gerlinde Schurter, center, with a patient and a nurse. She says regulators and insurers have fought to hold down costs.

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    That is why many academics who have studied the Swiss health care system have pointed to this Alpine nation of about 7.5 million as a model that delivers much of what Washington is aiming to accomplish — without the contentious option of a government-run health insurance plan. <more>
     
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    Comparing Switzerland to America ? pffffft
     
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    Brilliant response from a wingnut.
     
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    Switzerland is far more reliant on the insurance and finance industry than America, and Switzerland has banned for-profit healthcare insurance.

    Now, healthcare insurance is sold as a loss-leader by insurance companies for other insurance policies.

    America could learn a great deal from Switzerland.
     
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    Tough comparison as the Swiss seem to be much more intelligent than us Americans.
     
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    Grape Guy,

    Your quote by Adams is about as honest a comment on the health care debate as is ronnies trickled on theory.

    Dam, your side must love proctologists.
     
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