Wall Street Journal Articles today reviewed the plans by Democrats to use the pandemic to argue for increased government involvement in healthcare. Interestingly, another article discussed the reasons for Italy’s systematic failure in addressing the beds/population statistics which have been defined by the government. The UK has opted to adopt a delayed approach and plans to expend health care dollars in treatment rather than containment. Now as all recognize the spread of the virus as out of control in the European Union as well as in the UK a travel ban has been appropriately expanded to include the UK and Ireland.
Government involvement in the delivery of care is likely to bog down with inefficiencies and bureaucratic quagmires that will prove to exacerbate the pandemic. Coordination of response, education of the public, and support for those economically impacted by the pandemic are all appropriate governmental actions.