domingo, 28 de junio de 2009

Krugman y Salud

Más voces sobre la cuestión de la salud en Estados Unidos. Digo, ahora Krugman salió a refutar la idea de que los mecanismos de mercado pueden funcionar en la atención médica. Su líneas son una clara oposición al planteo del Economist que comentamos en el post del otro día ("En épocas de gripe..."). Habla Paul:

"Health care is not a bowl of cherries. Or a carton of milk, or a loaf of bread. Both George Will and Greg Mankiw basically argue that we don’t need a government role because we can trust the market to work — hey, we do it for groceries, right?

Um, economists have known for 45 years — ever since Kenneth Arrow’s seminal paper — that the standard competitive market model just doesn’t work for health care: adverse selection and moral hazard are so central to the enterprise that nobody, nobody expects free-market principles to be enough. To act all wide-eyed and innocent about these problems at this late date is either remarkably ignorant or simply disingenuous."