Model of intervention

August 8, 2009 

In his Aug. 1 opinion piece, Max Borders urged us to look to Singapore for model health care innovation. As highlighted by George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan, Singapore has mandatory health savings accounts, the use of which is restricted to government-approved treatments; the private system competes with public health care to control costs, and the government pays 80 percent of basic public health care services. Singapore may control health care costs by getting the incentives right, but only through pervasive government intervention.

Kenneth Bowers, Raleigh

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