Fox News host John Stossel just penned a letter online stating he’s suffering from lung cancer, but true to form, rather than sitting and complaining about his own personal health, he decides to tackle health care and the need for the free market.
This guy is truly something else.
From Fox News:
I write this from the hospital. Seems I have lung cancer.
My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I’ll be fine. Soon I will barely notice that a fifth of my lung is gone. I believe them. After all, I’m at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 1 in New York. I get excellent medical care here.
But as a consumer reporter, I have to say, the hospital’s customer service stinks. Doctors keep me waiting for hours, and no one bothers to call or email to say, “I’m running late.” Few doctors give out their email address. Patients can’t communicate using modern technology.
I get X-rays, EKG tests, echocardiograms, blood tests. Are all needed? I doubt it. But no one discusses that with me or mentions the cost. Why would they? The patient rarely pays directly. Government or insurance companies pay.
Stossel goes on to detail how much time and energy is wasted filling out the same health history forms and other kinds of bureaucracy that causes issues in the realm of health care before hailing the free market as containing the solution to these woes.
But cars, computers and airplane flights are complex, too, and the market still incentivizes sellers to discount and compete on service. It happens in medicine, too, when you get plastic surgery or Lasik surgery. Those doctors give patients their personal email addresses and cell phone numbers. They compete to please patients.
What’s different about those specialties? The patient pays the bill.
Leftists say the solution to such problems is government health care. But did they not notice what happened at Veterans Affairs? Bureaucrats let veterans die, waiting for care. When the scandal was exposed, they didn’t stop. USA Today reports that the abuse continues. Sometimes the VA’s suicide hotline goes to voicemail.
Patients will have a better experience only when more of us spend our own money for care. That’s what makes markets work.
I’m sad to hear Stossel has this illness, but I’m also grateful he’s receiving top quality care and that’s he likely to make a full recovery from this ordeal.
That being said, I also appreciate him taking the time, while seriously ill, to remind us all of the importance the free market plays in all industries, including health care.
Imagine how much more affordable things would be with less government interference?