Socialized Medicine: Does it work and what should Christians think?
Throughout history Christian institutions have been huge providers of medical care and most countries still have pluralistic systems of healthcare. But, increasingly, there are political movements that favour moves towards socialized and/or single-payer systems with much greater state involvement based on the model that currently exists in the UK and Cuba. Support for such changes is growing in the US. But, are such systems as good as is often suggested? How do other countries provide healthcare? And how should Christians view the role of the state and independent institutions when it comes to the provision of healthcare?