Mutualist Kevin Carson proposes a three-point Market Anarchist program to deconstruct the health care system and make it available to the masses:
1. Rein in the licencing cartels.
2. Eliminate drug patents.
3. Mutualize public and nonprofit hospitals.
The idiot “Anarchists” who promote government takeover of health care would do well to listen to real Anarchist solutions. Carson, a prominent mutualist, proposes such a solution.
The problem is that, under the present system, you’re often forbidden to buy anything but porterhouse steak. While the system allows many competing levels of finance, the licensing cartels prohibit alternative levels of service. You can’t go to someone who has just sufficient training to perform the service you actually need; no matter how obvious or elementary the diagnosis, or how simple the procedure, you have to pay the full price of an MD’s college and medical school training, and the deferred income during his residency. Thanks to the licensing cartels, a dental assistant or advanced practice nurse in most states can’t set up an independent practice to perform even the simplest and most straightforward procedures, without being under the “supervision” of an MD or DD. Of course, you may very well never see the dentist who’s “supervising” the assistant who cleans your teeth. And when you go to the clinic, you may never see the MD who’s “supervising” the APN who writes your prescription. But they’re there–and the cost of their student loans and McMansion is part of the operating cost of the business. The effect is to erect an entry barrier against competition from cheaper service by independent practitioners with less than a med school education, and to raise the overall operating expenses of the business.