This week in Switzerland, citizens overwhelming voted against moving the country to state-run healthcare vice the current system of privately-run healthcare. The vote saw 62% in opposition which was near the 2007 vote where they tried it before; that time saw 71% in opposition.
The Swiss healthcare system is ranked as one of the best in the world. So what’s the problem? The costs to citizens are rising. Sound familiar? Oftentimes superb healthcare is brought about by new technology, which comes at a price. As the price of most everything continues to rise, so does the cost of doing business . . . the business of healthcare.
If the U.S. government (as the Swiss did) allowed a referendum to be voted on as to the direction of healthcare, I wonder what the citizens of America would decide. Don’t get too excited though as that is not about to happen. Switzerland is the closest state in the world to a direct democracy and as such, referendums are mandatory for any change in constitution and referendums can be requested for any change in law.
Feel free to comment to this post. I would like to hear what your thoughts are on the decisions (2014 and 2007) of the Swiss saying no to socialized medicine.
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