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A right to health care could lead to government rationing of medical services.

Countries with universal health care, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, [97] and the United Kingdom, [88] all ration health care using methods such as controlled distribution, budgeting, price setting, and service restrictions. [104] In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service (NHS) rations health care using a cost-benefit analysis. For example, in 2018 any drug that provided an extra one year of good-quality life for about $25,000 or less was generally deemed cost-effective while one that costs more might not be. [139] In order to expand health coverage to more Americans, Obamacare created an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to make cost-benefit analyses to keep Medicare spending from growing too fast. According to Sally Pipes, President of the Pacific Research Institute, the IPAB “is essentially charged with rationing care.” [89] According to a Wall Street Journal editorial, “once health care is nationalized, or mostly nationalized, medical rationing is inevitable.” [98]

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