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>> >> ... In some ways I'd say the "government-pays" (or "taxpayers pay") model is also problematic in that it subsidizes people going in with sniffles. << <<

>> There's no reason it has to. <<

I agree, and for the most part it probably shouldn't. But there are extremes in this discussion; one of them being the hard-core free market libertarians who want virtually complete separation of medicine and state, and the other being that health care should always be available to anyone and no one should ever see a bill. The example above is why I think the "100% government" solution would be prone to increasing inflation in that respect.

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