Imagine: Free Health Care Is Expensive!

by Doug Bandow on November 1, 2008 · 2 comments

in Healthcare, Insurance

Who would have thought it?  Provide free health care and people drop their private coverage.  It seems that politicians are uniformly slow learners.  But after seven months Hawaii has dropped its program providing free health insurance for kids.

Writes Grace-Marie Turner in the New York Post:

HAWAII just had a vivid les son in health-care eco nomics, learning that if you offer people insurance for free – surprise, surprise – they’ll quickly drop other coverage to enroll.

As a result, Hawaii is ending the only state universal child health-care program in the country after just seven months.

The program, called the Keiki (Child) Care Plan, was designed to provide coverage to children whose parents can’t afford private insurance but who make too much to qualify for other public programs (such as Medicaid and Hawaii’s State Children’s Health Insurance Program). Keiki Care was free for these gap kids, except for a $7 office-visit fee.

Hawaii Health Insura November 25, 2008 at 9:02 am

Yes People were taking advantage of the system… That sucks, but for those that really need the coverage.. Hawaii Medquest is a program that shouldn't be too difficult to enroll in.

Barbara December 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm

You should check out the Hawaii Health Insurance Insider Blog. Differing comments from Hawaii's public about the MedQuest Division. You are correct about dropping the private insurance for free Government insurance.Hey,what about all these Micronesians coming to Hawaii, FREE, FREE. The state has alot of money for all these programs for people without insurance,but how can the state continue this before Hawaii goes belly up with Health insurance coverages. Not too mention the public woes of service.

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