I have a new column that explains why a voucher system for Medicare won't work:
After explaining the problems with vouchers, the column ends with:
We know what works for health care cost control. Other countries deliver universal care at a lower cost and similar quality, and I believe that once we’ve tried other avenues that fail, this is where we will end up. It won’t happen anytime soon, and there will be lots of false starts and dead-ends along the way –a voucher program, if pursued, is one of those dead ends. But the day will come when we realize that using successful systems in other countries as models for reform is the best way to provide universal access to health care at the lowest possible price.