He who pays the piper calls the tune in healthcare


This HND piece takes a historical perspective on how government-run healthcare programs can go bad. We start with how von Bismarck's 1881 Health Insurance Law was fine, until bureaucrats made sure that the docs knew who was in charge. And, when the money started becoming more scarce after World War I, cost benefit analysis morphed quite readily into Social Darwinism and eugenics.

Somehow, many physicians joined the ranks of the Nazis, with Mengele being the worst but not the only bad one, and horrific abuses became the order of the day. We examine how this sort of behavior persists to this day.

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