On Tuesday of this week I had lunch with George Reisman, author of Capitalism. The book is a powerful and devastating critique of environmentalism, socialism, interventionism -- in short, the Bush Administration -- and yet the author is humble and soft-spoken. Must-reading for everyone who seeks to have a public impact on behalf of laissez-faire capitalism.
Reisman pointed out a deficiency in my immigration webpage: the lack of the connection between immigration and health care.
One frequent complaint against immigrants is the fact that many of them resort to hospital emergency rooms for the same health problems the rest of us go to doctor's offices. This is not as much a problem with immigrants as it is a problem with government regulation of health care. Immigrants -- and the rest of us -- should be able to get simple medical advice from pharmacists, nurses, clinicians, and others who are not surgeons or licensed specialists. Government regulations will not allow pharmacists to dispense medicine which any pharmacist knows will help an immigrant's health problem, so the immigrant goes to the ER. Churches could establish clinics staffed by RN's and others trained to deal with day-to-day medical problems, except that such clinics are illegal, since they violate government-protected medical monopolies. Medical problems which could be solved by someone with a couple of years of nutritional or medical training must only be solved by someone with 12 years of training and a government license, who understandably charges more than the RN in a clinic.
Highly-trained specialists have their place, of course. Tomorrow I'm seeing a specialist who will, I hope, discover that I'm still cancer-free. It's been a busy week, with trips to doctors a hundred miles apart, and I'm looking forward to returning to Missouri and blogging more regularly.