Fraser Forum - September 2008: Health Care Dollars and Sense

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In this issue:

Up Front: Fraser goes to Washington
by Brett J. Skinner
In June 2008, the Fraser Institute had a successful excursion to Washington, DC, where participants met with a number of high-level officials and policy experts.

The most valuable resource
by Walter E. Williams
Contrary to the myths we hear about overpopulation, human beings are actually our greatest resource.

Economic freedom in North America
by Amela Karabegović and Fred McMahon
Though Alberta has the second highest level of economic freedom in North America, the rest of Canada lags behind the US states.

The potential of medical savings accounts
by Fred McMahon
Medical savings accounts could bring market dynamics and efficiency to Canada’s government-funded health care system.

How much do we really pay?
by Nadeem Esmail and Milagros Palacios
A little more than $115 billion of our tax dollars was spent on publicly funded health care in 2007/2008.

Are we ready for WWWI?
by Alan W. Dowd
Cyber warfare, digital attacks involving streams of code instead of bullets and bombs, should be taken seriously as a threat to our national security.

Reform at the mercy of government
by James Gubb
Market-based health care reforms in the UK have been crippled by the government’s unwillingness to stop directing the service from the centre.

P3s in Ontario hospitals
by Mark Rovere
Public-private partnerships can provide a more costeffective way to build and maintain hospital facilities.

15 years of grinding “progress”
by Mark Milke
Though British Columbia’s treaty process has had some positive elements, on the whole, it has been incomplete, illiberal, and expensive.

Internet access and net neutrality
by Steven Globerman
Expanding government regulation of Internet Service Providers would create inefficiencies and discourage innovation.

Toronto in decline
by Fred McMahon
Torontonians have reason to be concerned about their city’s future. A recent census shows that the city is growing slowly and losing jobs.

The health of nations
by Lucy Davis and Fredrik Erixon
Trade in health care services could help industrialized countries control rising health care costs.

Medicare’s steep price
by Nadeem Esmail
The total cost of Medicare is much higher than a simple tally would suggest because of the costs associated with administering the tax system.

Reforming the US health care system
by John C. Goodman
John McCain’s plan has a better chance of improving the American health care system than that of any other serious presidential contender.


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