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Socialized Medicine Is Bad for Your Health | National Review
The NHS compensates for this problem in two principal ways: first, by centrally controlling the fees that doctors, hospitals, drug manufacturers, et al. receive for their goods and services; and second, by aggressively restricting the consumption of costly services that would otherwise blow up the British health-care budget.
healthcare  single-pay  Britain  NRO 
23 days ago by HispanicPundit
Andrew Roberts on Churchill and the Craft of Biography - Econlib
Andrew Roberts discussing his recent book on Churchill, and misc facts about Churchill.
Books  podcasts  EconTalk  Britain  History 
26 days ago by HispanicPundit
It's Surprising How Few Countries Have National, Single Payer, Health Care Systems
I'm making an observation about the economics of systems which seem to work in other places. The exemplars we're all asked to look at are not national, universal and single payer. They tend to be either almost hyper-local in their financing if they're single payer or if they're national then they use insurance companies--they're multi-payer. My assumption would be that both single payer and national is just too inefficient. There's neither local pride nor profit lust keeping the system efficient.

There are indeed national and single payer systems out there, most notably the National Health Service in Britain. That's very fair, very equitable, but performs horribly on "mortality amenable to health care" which is otherwise known as curing people of what ails them. That's not a recommendation.
healthcare  single-pay  nationalize  Britain  nordic  forbes 
5 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Joe Rogan Experience #702 - Milo Yiannopoulos - YouTube
Discussion on feminism, SJW, Britain as where the USA will go to, net neutrality, feminism, Christianity, homosexuality,
feminists  censorship  Campaign2016  Milo  JoeRogan  youtube  Britain  NetNeutrality  Religion  christian  gay-marriage 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
The Koran and Jihad
Not once does he mention that many of the 700,000 Arabs who left fled at the instructions of their own leaders, and that the population transfer occurred after the armies of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon attacked the tiny Jewish state. The fact that multiple invasions were in progress when the population transfers occurred is never mentioned, which is rather like talking about radiation levels in Hiroshima without mentioning World War II.

Nowhere does Polk mention that 800,000 Jews were expelled from Muslim countries during and shortly after the War of Independence, and that the tiny Jewish state integrated them while the Palestinian refugees were kept apart as political hostages. He makes a great deal of the alleged Israeli massacre of Arabs at Deir Yassin, but cites none of the extensive literature contesting this accusation. Eliezer Tauber’s 2017 monograph, Deir Yassin: The End of the Myth, puts the total casualty count at 101, not the 250 cited by Polk, and shows that civilian casualties were collateral rather than intentional....

It also is the case that the imperialists often were far more generous and tolerant than the locals. India is a majority Hindu nation today—and a democracy—because the British turned the balance of power against Islam, and introduced a national civil service and railway system that unified the subcontinent for the first time in its history. It is also true that the British grew opium in Bengal and forced China to buy it, with dreadful consequences about which the Chinese are justifiably rancorous. But the fact is that no one has oppressed the peoples of the Global South like other peoples of the Global South. Tamerlane, the most successful of all jihadists, goes entirely unmentioned.
islam  History  Britain  Israel  Israel-Palestine  Books  ClaremontInstitute 
june 2019 by HispanicPundit
Conformity and cousin marriage - The Unz Review
I suspect that love marriages select for a wider variety of personality types and other traits in offspring than do arranged marriages, with the historic English predilection for young lovers selecting their own mates (e.g., in the 1590s, Shakespeare didn’t have any doubt whom his paying customers would sympathize with when he put on Romeo and Juliet) perhaps leading to the famous English appreciation for individualism and eccentricity.
marriage  culture  psychology  britain  sailer 
april 2017 by HispanicPundit
Ideas: International Healthcare Comparisons
By my count, U.S. medical outcomes (including things such as speed of treatment) are superior to U.K. outcomes (in some case English outcomes) on five different measures, inferior on three. On two measures the U.K. (or England) is the worst of the five countries considered, on two the best; on three the U.S. is the best of the five (counting one tied for best), on none the worst. There are four pure outcome measures, mortality and survival rates from various causes. The US was superior to the UK on all of them, best of the five countries on two. The UK was worst of the five countries on two.
friedman  sidebar  WHO  britain  healthcare 
june 2013 by HispanicPundit
British Democracy and the Death Penalty, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
In short, populism on more fringe issues in the UK is somewhat restrained by the primary structure of the major political parties. However, on important issues, the external political value of populism outweighs the need to stay within the political consensus - for example, Margaret Thatcher's major change to the position of the Conservative Party.
britain  politics  caplan  death-penalty  sidebar 
november 2012 by HispanicPundit
Krugman’s Austere Science
Fortunately, Scott Sumner checked some relevant facts.  From data on the 44 major world economies listed in The Economist‘s “Economic and Financial indicators” section, we learn that only two governments had 2011 budget deficits larger (as a percentage of GDP) than Britain’s: Egypt and Greece.

As for actual spending amounts, I logged a few minutes on the Internet to discover that British-government spending – adjusted for inflation – has risen every year since the start of the financial crisis.  This spending in 2011 was 16 percent higher than it was in 2007, and is projected to be even higher in 2012.
sidebar  boudreaux  sumner  krugman  fiscal  britain 
february 2012 by HispanicPundit
America Is Not Exceptional - NYTimes.com
What we’re looking at is a world of depressed demand, where government securities look like a good buy everywhere except in countries that either don’t have their own currency or have large debts in foreign currency, making them vulnerable to self-fulfilling panic. It’s a world in which deficit obsession is mad, bad, and dangerous.
sidebar  sidebar  sweden  britain  usa  krugman  financialcrisis  inflation  macro 
december 2011 by HispanicPundit
Greg Mankiw's Blog: The British 1 Percent
You can generate more plots like this here.  You find a similar U-shaped pattern in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand but much less so in France, Germany, Japan, and Sweden. Might the rising share of the top 1 percent be related to the increasing use of English as a global language?
inequality  britain  krugman  mankiw  sidebar 
november 2011 by HispanicPundit
The Real Advantage of a Parliamentary System | Capital Gains and Games
An advantage of the parliamentary system that I do wish we could find a way to replicate in our non-parliamentary system is the requirement that a party cannot obtain control of the national executive branch without demonstrating its appeal in the national legislative branch. This is no guarantee of good government, but I think it would improve our system, at least based on the experience of recent decades. It is a feature of our system that we tend to elect governors, rather than senators, to the Presidency. We haven't elected a senator who wasn't facing another senator since JFK. So every 4-8 years, the party that does not control the Presidency has a shot at gaining the Presidency -- and thus "half" of the power in the Washington -- with a candidate who has had nothing to do with Washington and its current predicament. Look at the way all governors, from Carter to Reagan to Clinton to Bush, have run as "outsiders."
constitution  britain  presidency  samwick  sidebar 
august 2011 by HispanicPundit
The Colonial Origins Of American Prosperity | ThinkProgress
Reasoning backwards, crossing the Atlantic ocean to go from England to the proto-USA was an enormously costly and risky undertaking. Nobody would have done it unless the wages were higher. South America was colonized by poorer countries and had larger indigenous populations and thus a different dynamic. But again as I said before, the story of American prosperity isn’t a story about a poor country that used good policy to become rich. We’ve essentially always been a rich country and if there’s a policy issue it relates to continental europe’s failure to “catch up.”
latinamerica  wages  usa  britain  history  chicanoism  yglesias  sidebar 
july 2011 by HispanicPundit
Canadian Health Care in Perspective - NYTimes.com
Yesterday I pointed out that Canadian Medicare looks much more sustainable than our system. But how good is their system, eh? Well, the Commonwealth Fund does regular surveys of health system performance on a variety of indicators; the latest is here (pdf). The summary table
canada  britain  germany  netherlands  newzealand  healthcare  polls  krugman  usa  sidebar 
june 2011 by HispanicPundit
It really was better to be British than French
This new study on Cameroon is among many that find British colonial institutions (as compared to those of their French, German, Belgian, Portuguese or Spanish colonial competitors) lead to better development outcomes today. Lee and Schultz note that the Anglo edge comes from a combination of characteristics generally common to British colonial regimes: “lack of forced labor, more autonomous local institutions…common law, English culture, Protestantism” but stop short of telling us which of these were most responsible for the differences observed in Cameroon.
colonization  britain  germany  spain  easterly  france  sidebar  africa 
may 2011 by HispanicPundit
In Praise of Monarchy - NYTimes.com
Whatever their customs and traditions, even the most modern polities often find themselves yearning, like the Israelites of old, for a kinglike authority. And the existence of a largely-powerless royal family can be a useful hedge against the perpetual temptation to invest ordinary politicians with quasi-royal powers, and then (almost inevitably) watch them run amok. (The experience of post-Franco Spain suggests that the restoration of a hereditary monarchy after a long period of dictatorship can play a similar stabilizing role.) Having a monarch as the symbolic head of state keeps elected officials in their place, provides an apolitical outlet for popular hero worship and the cults of celebrity, and satisfies the human hunger for ceremonial authority. If it’s an affront to democratic sensibilities, it’s also a safeguard for democratic institutions. Better a real king, crowned and powerless, than the many pseudo-kings who have strutted (and still strut) so destructively...
britain  history  democracy  douthat  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Our Low, Low Taxes - NYTimes.com
A political conservative is more likely to make this point than to simply focus on the lack of money earned by the poor.  A political liberal is more likely to assume that the rate of strict religiosity can rise only so high, and take that as a background constraint.  Furthermore, under the exogenous thought experiment of many more poor people converting to Mormonism, positive selection bias diminishes and perhaps the religion as a whole becomes less strict.
taxes  usa  france  italy  germany  britain  canada  japan  graphs  krugman  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Austerity, Here and There - Megan McArdle - Business - The Atlantic
I agree with the first paragraph, but the second illustrates exactly the peril of viewing Britain's cuts through an American lens. Even if you think that stimulus is a good idea for America, that wouldn't mean that it was a good idea for the Brits. Britain has a much smaller, much more open economy than we do. That means that the country is more vulnerable to a run on its currency or its debt than we are. The ruling coalition would say that it also means that stimulus is less effective--stimulus dollars spent in Britain will "leak" more readily into other countries.
fiscal  Britain  drum  mcardle  sidebar 
april 2011 by HispanicPundit
Inequality and policy: The implications of unexceptional inequality | The Economist
As Mr Winship argues, if it turns out that American trends in inequality are not at all unusual, but fall in line with the international trend, then the forces that account for the international trend likely account for the American trend as well. That is to say, the details of American politics aren't especially important when it comes to explaining trends in American inequality. If the dynamics of globalisation, technological change, financial innovation, and so on explain the inequality trends everywhere, then it may be that the stories Americans have been telling each other about union power and corporate money in politics cut no ice.
inequality  Reagan  world  taxes  Britain  canada  wilkinson  sidebar 
march 2011 by HispanicPundit
Sick Americans Live as Long as Healthier Brits? - Megan McArdle - Business - The Atlantic
Researchers say there are two possible explanations why death rates are higher for English after age 65 as compared to Americans. One is that the illnesses studied result in higher mortality in England than in the United States. The second is that the English are diagnosed at a later stage in the disease process than Americans.

"Both of these explanations imply that there is higher-quality medical care in the United States than in England, at least in the sense that these chronic illnesses are less likely to cause death among people living in the United States," Smith said.

"The United States' health problem is not fundamentally a health care or insurance problem, at least at older ages," Banks said. "It is a problem of excess illness and the solution to that problem may lie outside the health care delivery system. The solution may be to alter lifestyles or other behaviors."
healthcare  cancer  WHO  Britain  sicko  mcardle  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Yglesias » The Language of Inequality
Explaining why income inequality primarily affects the Anglosphere.
inequality  Britain  english  DeLong  race  yglesias  sidebar 
december 2010 by HispanicPundit
Growth: The U.S. vs. Europe - NYTimes.com
"Economic growth in the United States has been quite disappointing over the last decade, as we’ve discussed before. Yet growth here has still been noticeably better than growth in Europe. "
economic-growth  europe  britain  france  germany  leonhardt  economix  sidebar 
november 2010 by HispanicPundit
Multiplicative Growth: A Just-So Story that Deserves a Hearing, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
"No; it would merely show that policy is not enough. But the facts are quite consistent with a multiplicative model. Maybe growth requires policy, population, and science; when Policy*Population*Science hits a critical value, growth takes off. Clark might dismiss the multiplicative model as a just-so story, but he shouldn't be so hasty. Low scores on any one of these variables really do seem to choke off growth, and high scores on all three really are a near-guarantee of growth."
economic-growth  fundamentals  poverty  Clark  Britain  caplan  sidebar 
november 2010 by HispanicPundit
Ideas: The Most Expensive Research Project Ever
"Which is one reason why, as Becker goes on to point out, the contrast between the current policies of the U.S. and the U.K. should be of considerable interest to economists. The U.S. policy, confidently predicated on the theory that deficit spending reduces unemployment, has been to greatly expand both spending and deficit relative to their long term levels, with spending up from about 20 percent of GNP to about 25 percent. The U.K., in contrast, is proposing to reduce its deficit, mainly by reductions in spending, by about 1.5% of GNP for each of the next four years; if they carry through, they will have cut spending, relative to GNP, by about as much as Obama and Bush have increased it. At the same time, Obama's fiscal policies are combined with a substantial increase in government involvement in economic affairs, most notably in health care, while Cameron is at least proposing a decrease."
keynes  Britain  usa  friedman  sidebar 
november 2010 by HispanicPundit
TheMoneyIllusion » Thank God Matt Yglesias is not a Rawlsian
"As an aside, I still think the Conservatives did more to improve Britain. They inherited a country going down the tubes, and made some very painful decisions to shut down a lot of uncompetitive manufacturing and mining. The made the economy more efficient. They ended double digit inflation. These reforms hurt various sectors of the public, but were needed in the long run. In contrast, Labour inherited an economy in very good shape, and left a fiscal train wreck when they left office in 2010. And a bad recession. Notice the data only goes up to 2008—let’s see how it looks in 2 years when we have the full data showing the Labour government’s entire term in office."
Britain  politics  conservatives  liberalism  economy  yglesias  Sumner  sidebar  poverty 
september 2010 by HispanicPundit
Prostitutes for the Disabled, the Benefits of Palliative Care, and Whooping Cough is Back | John Goodman | NCPA
"UK is way ahead of U.S. on allowing the elderly and the disabled more control over their health care money: “Exotic holidays, internet dating subscriptions and adventure breaks, as well as visits to sex workers and lap dancing clubs have been permitted under the system.”"
healthcare  britain  goodman  sidebar 
august 2010 by HispanicPundit
Britain Plans to Decentralize National Health Care - NYTimes.com
As the US moves towards more centralization, those who already have centralization move to decentralize.
healthcare  sicko  Britain  NewYorkTimes  sidebar 
july 2010 by HispanicPundit
Super-Economy: Britain enjoyed higher GDP growth post Thatcher
"In 1979, when Margaret Thatcher became prime minister, out of the 4 major European countries, the United Kingdom was the poorest. It had a lower gdp per capita than Germany, France and Italy. But the U.K subsequently grew faster than the other European countries. By 2008, the latest available year, the U.K was the richest out of the 4. "
britain  Thatcher  conservatives  economy  gdp  SuperEconomy  sidebar 
may 2010 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: *The Enlightened Economy*
On British history...especially the Industrialized Revolution.
Britain  history  books  cowen  sidebar 
january 2010 by HispanicPundit
Matthew Yglesias » Family Stability Matters, Not Clear That Marriage Does
"In the United States context you often hear it said that what we need to do to help kids is encourage their parents to be married. I think the experience of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway pretty clearly debunks that. On the other hand, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway don’t at all debunk the idea that having both of your biological parents heavily involved in your life is extremely helpful. But the issue isn’t marriage or non-marriage, it’s family dissolution. Non-married couples can stay together, and married couples can break up.
marriage  poverty  europe  sweden  norway  denmark  iceland  britain  yglesias  sidebar 
november 2009 by HispanicPundit
How the British Invented “Development” to Keep the Empire and Substitute for Racism (Aid Watch)
"During the early years of World War II, Japan won major victories (such as the capture of Singapore) against the British and threatened India. Japanese propaganda pointed to British racism and offered themselves as the defenders of non-white peoples. The British feared that non-white people in the colonies might side with the Japanese rather than their colonial masters. The British had to come up with a new justification for colonial rule to replace the unpopular and increasingly implausible idea that they were a superior race destined to rule inferior races. In response, they invented the concept of economic development".
foreignaid  imperialism  Britain  easterly  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: A very good article on health care economics
"From 2000 to 2005, per capita health-care spending in Canada grew by 33 percent, in France by 37 percent, in the U.K. by 47 percent—all comparable to the 40 percent growth experienced by the U.S. in that period. Cost control by way of bureaucratic price controls has its limits".
healthcare  costs  canada  france  Britain  europe  AtlanticMonthly  cowen  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
Sentenced to death on the NHS - Telegraph
"Patients with terminal illnesses are being made to die prematurely under an NHS scheme to help end their lives, leading doctors warn today".
healthcare  single-pay  sicko  Britain  sidebar 
september 2009 by HispanicPundit
Ezra Klein - Your Health Care System in Graphics
"there are some conditions where the American health care system does a very good job. Some conditions where it does a mediocre job. And some conditions where it does a bad job. The average person suffering from average diseases would not have a strong reason to prefer being insured in America, France or Japan."
healthcare  costs  pharmaceuticals  japan  britain  france  europe  leonhardt  klein  sidebar 
july 2009 by HispanicPundit
Ezra Klein - A Rational Look At Rationing
"In Britain and Canada, in other words, they ration actively: The government tells you that the resources are scarce and you'll have to wait. In America, we ration passively: You can't afford the cost of care, and so you go without. But would anyone really prefer never getting care they needed to waiting four months to receive it? But rationing by income means that we don't actually have to decide that people will have to wait, or won't be able to access, care. It just sort of...happens."
healthcare  single-pay  britain  canada  usa  europe  leonhardt  klein  sidebar 
july 2009 by HispanicPundit
The Nuances of EU Unemployment, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty
The strong link between a higher regulated labor market and high unemployment - across European countries.
labor  regulations  europe  france  germany  denmark  sweden  Britain  caplan  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
Look out Silicon Valley | Free exchange | Economist.com
"More than a quarter of science and engineering companies started between 1995 and 2003 had at least one foreign-born founder. Immigrant-owned companies generated $52 billion in revenue and employed 450,000 workers in 2005. "
immigration  britain  usa  economist  sidebar 
may 2009 by HispanicPundit
America: More Progressive Than You Thought - EzraKlein Archive | The American Prospect
"The first is that the United States has the most progressive federal tax system of any country on the chart. Indeed, in the OECD, only Ireland is more progressive than we are."
taxes  fair  usa  world  europe  france  canada  germany  britain  spending  klein  sidebar 
april 2009 by HispanicPundit
Marginal Revolution: Who survived the Titanic and why?
The British died in higher numbers because of their politeness.
Britain  culture  misc  cowen  sidebar 
january 2009 by HispanicPundit
Save the children - Megan McArdle
"So, so far the salutory effects of this laudatory public works project are to undervalue all human life, but especially that of small children, because the seniors kicked up a fuss. "
Britain  single-pay  healthcare  klein  McArdle  sidebar 
december 2008 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (March 06, 2008) - US taxes are "fairer" than those in the UK
"No one believes me when I say that George Bush's tax cuts made the tax system more progressive, but it's true--the cuts for poor people were, on a percentage basis, bigger than the cuts for rich people."
taxes  tax-cuts  Britain  estate-tax  bush  McArdle  sidebar 
march 2008 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (February 26, 2008) - Brain drain
Britain is only second to Mexico in people out migrating.
immigration  Britain  McArdle 
february 2008 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (February 20, 2008) - Information wants to be free, but medical care doesn't.
"The article is about an important problem for public health systems: politically, they find it very hard to tolerate any inequality of access to treatment, but even harder to finance all the treatment people might demand, or to forbid rich people to take
Britain  healthcare  single-pay  McArdle  sidebar 
february 2008 by HispanicPundit
CARPE DIEM: UK's National Health Care=Third World Dental Care
"seven and a half million Britons have failed to gain access to an NHS dentist in the past two years (UK population = 60 million)"
Britain  healthcare  single-pay  perry  sidebar 
january 2008 by HispanicPundit
Robert J. Samuelson - The Global Poverty Trap - washingtonpost.com
"Bad policies and institutions can suppress growth in a willing population; better policies can release it. All poverty is not preordained. Still, Clark's broader point seems incontestable: Culture counts."
books  Britain  china  culture  chicanoism  sidebar 
october 2007 by HispanicPundit
Reconciling Malthus and Simon « Matt Zeitlin: Impetuous Young Whippersnapper
Matt tries to reconcile the Malthus disagreement between Caplan and Clark.
books  Britain  caplan  sidebar 
october 2007 by HispanicPundit
Cafe Hayek: In the Teeth of the State
"Some English people have resorted to pulling out their own teeth because they cannot find -- or cannot afford -- a dentist, a major study has revealed."
Britain  healthcare  sicko  single-pay  sidebar 
october 2007 by HispanicPundit
EconLog, Gavin Kennedy, Adam Smith, and Gregory Clark, Arnold Kling: Library of Economics and Liberty
"Let me summarize various ideas to explain what we call the industrial revolution, and problems with them"
Britain  History  books  sidebar 
october 2007 by HispanicPundit
Megan McArdle (September 04, 2007) - Why so high? (Development economics)
Why the industrial revolution took off in Britain. "There is no Chinese Adam Smith and that is because that Europe was pulling decisively ahead in ideas production. I consider this a fact of great importance whereas for Clark it is a sideshow to some othe
Britain  books  History  sidebar  capitalism 
september 2007 by HispanicPundit

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