Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Eye of the Beholder

I see this story in the NYT as another reason not to have state-sponsored health care. I suppose others may see it as a reason to have state sponsored health care, depending on their view of immigration:

Dr. Bernhard Moeller moved to Australia with his wife and three children nearly three years ago when he was hired to work as a specialist at a rural hospital in the southern state of Victoria.

The family decided to apply for permanent residency, but were appalled when their application was rejected this month because Dr. Moeller’s 13-year-old son, Lukas, has Down syndrome.

Australia has a longstanding policy of weighing medical conditions in its residency decisions. Any applicant deemed to have a condition that would incur significant costs to the state-run health care system must be rejected under Australia’s immigration laws.

Ahhh, the compassionate system we get to look forward to in the U.S.

Hat Tip: Philippe Legrain

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