Private Care for a Private Life

As you probably know by visiting this blog, we here are the antithesis of socialism. The free market should be the determining factor in the world, as the right to bargain in a free market is one of the most basic human rights. That extends to all areas of life, although we also believe there should be one exception: information. Information should be free, since it doesn’t rightfully cost anything. One of the areas that we find this is most true is the areas of health and wellness. Not by coincidence, this access to health information is one of the things that causes a major drag on the economies of countries with socialized medicine.

This guest post was contributed by James Leacock, a noted free-market capitalist who runs this website as well as some health and wellness sites, with posts ranging from types of diabetes all the way to hip pain relief.

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but one of the largest drains on the budgets of nations with socialized healthcare is the amount of time paid out for simple consultations with doctors. As a paradoxical consequence of having seemingly ‘free’ access to doctors and nurses, many people visit the doctor when they could just as easily get the information they need all by themselves for free online. (Note: we’re not advocating self-diagnosis – if you’re in doubt, always get professional medical help). The kinds of things we’re talking about are less serious, things like top healthy snacks and lumbar support braces. Not serious enough to see a doctor for, as when you’re worried about your thyroid levels, but definitely important for the health and well being of those who are interested. It’s a fine line, maybe, but one that needs to exist in order to maintain the value of the time of doctors – another free market inevitability.

It may also seem paradoxical that we’re offering information for free in a free market (that’s not really what a ‘free’ market is all about, after all – it really just means unconstrained). But since there isn’t any particular value inherent to the information itself, we feel that the benefits of the information for keeping the potential customer base happy and interested in consumption far outweigh the potential gains from selling the information itself.