Let’s keep what worked in health care during pandemic, change what didn’t

The coronavirus pandemic flipped the U.S. inside-out. Too many Americans passed away, even more became violently ill and alarmism brought the economy to a virtual standstill. But every cloud, or in this case more of a category five hurricane, has a silver lining. The experience acts as yet another case study showing the superiority of the U.S. healthcare system and the power of the free market when government steps out of the way. Policymakers should be careful to keep it that way.

Although not perfect, the U.S. healthcare system offers the best medical services and treatments in the world. Countries like the U.K. and Canada, which have fallen for the trap of government-run healthcare, are plagued with service rationing and long wait times. According to one think tank report, tens of thousands of Canadians leave the country annually to receive non-emergency medical treatment—partly to “seek out superior quality care” and avoid long waits.

Government has creeped into the U.S. healthcare system as well, but thankfully, we have maintained a free-market backbone.

Read the full op-ed in the OC Register Elaine Parker, president of the Job Creators Network Foundation, and C.L. Gray, president of Physicians for Reform.