Finnish Health Care

Matt Yglesias digs into the Finnish public health care system and why it costs 60% less per person that US health care.   The not very surprising answer–patients have little choice regarding their health care provider and doctors are paid 60% less than US doctors. 

I’ll take it as an article of faith that the average American lives 60% longer than the average Finn.


About Connie Stinson

Connie Stinson is a lawyer/talk show host who dabbles in the arts of strained analogies, forced humor, and poor spelling. In his spare time Mr. Stinson enjoys charcoal BBQ, as well as any and all things related to humor. He is currently working on his second book, "Look at You, You're a Mountain: A Retrospective On Hogs and the Men Who Love Them."
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6 Responses to Finnish Health Care

  1. Mola Ram says:

    I guess this debate is Finnished!

  2. Mola Ram says:

    The salary issue really is startling. It’s absolutely absurd that U.S. doctors make almost 50% more than British and Japanese doctors. I blame Dr. Weyman.

  3. RA says:

    The issue is the excessive schooling required. Law School and Medical School should both be undergraduate programs. I’d be OK with them being a 5 year program. The excessive schooling in the US has to stop.

  4. Mola Ram says:

    Completely agree. I just had this discussion yesterday with a few teachers. Seven years to become a lawyer? Gimme a break. Five years would be PLENTY for a lawyer and probably sufficient for a doctor as well. Americans are willing to pay for their paranoia.

    Also, the cost of college and graduate schooling is out of control and needs to be seriously addressed.

  5. Good point on graduate school. Cappy actually worked for the higher ed lobby in Washington pre-law school and said that they were the biggest lobby in Washington. Surprised me, but this industry is a huge cash cow.

    One counter point, in England, US Lawyers start out at a much higher pay grade because our legal education is generally considered far superior. Get to skip the “trainee” level that UK grads go through.

  6. Mola Ram says:

    Well that is truly surprising. I wikipedia-ed Legal Education in the United Kingdom:

    Requirements for becoming a lawyer in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland differ slightly depending on whether the individual plans to become a solicitor or barrister. All prospective lawyers must first however possess a qualifying law degree,[1][2] or have completed a conversion course.[2][3] A qualifying law degree in the England and Wales consists of seven modules drawn from the following subject areas:

    * Public law (constitutional/administrative)
    * European Union law
    * Procedural Law (including law of evidence)
    * Criminal law
    * Law of obligations (contract, restitution, and tort)
    * Property law (real property)
    * Trusts and equity

    Following graduation, the paths towards qualification as a solicitor or barrister diverge. Prospective solicitors must enrol with the Law Society of England and Wales as a student member and take a one-year course called the Legal Practice Course (LPC), usually followed by two years’ apprenticeship, known as a training contract.[4] Prospective barristers instead complete the one-year Bar Vocational Course (BVC), followed by a year training in a set of barristers’ chambers, known as pupillage.[2]

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