Several studies have found that the most egalitarian health care system in the whole world is the Swiss system. So during the debate over HillaryCare and ever since, it’s always been a mystery to me why our friends on the left have talked about the German system, the French system, the Canadian system — anything but the Swiss system.
Then Regi Herzlinger discovered that whatever its faults, the Swiss system looked relatively good – individual ownership of insurance, portability, competition, private sector institutions, etc. More recently, Doug Holtz-Eakin and Avik Roy endorsed the Swiss system as the ideal reform. Aaron Carroll counters with all of the many ways government intervenes in Switzerland.
Here is Austin Frakt taking the opportunity to complain that he and Aaron get no respect. Here is Matt Yglesias claiming that Doug and Avik have surrendered to the left. Here is more about what just about everybody thinks about Switzerland. At this post of mine and in the comments you can discover what just about every conservative think tank thinks about health reform in general – if that interests you.
Bottom line: the Swiss system is managed competition and it doesn’t work any better than managed competition works for federal employees or for state employees or any better than it will work in the ObamaCare exchanges. This is much ado about nothing.