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Compulsory Social Insurance

August 17, 2009 by

There is no clearly defined frontier between health and illness. Being ill is not a phenomenon independent of conscious will and of psychic forces working in the subconscious. A man’s efficiency is not merely the result of his physical condition; it depends largely on his mind and will. Thus the whole idea of being able to separate, by medical examination, the unfit from the fit and from the malingerers, and those able to work from those unable to work, proves to be untenable. Those who believed that accident and health insurance could be based on completely effective means of ascertaining illnesses and injuries and their consequences were very much mistaken. The destructionist aspect of accident and health insurance lies above all in the fact that such institutions promote accidents and illness, hinder recovery, and very often create, or at any rate intensify and lengthen, the functional disorders which follow illness or accident. FULL ARTICLE

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Gil August 17, 2009 at 10:16 am

“There is no clearly defined frontier between health and illness. Being ill is not a phenomenon independent of conscious will and of psychic forces working in the subconscious”

So Mises believe in Christian Science? He does seem to think that disease comes from bad thinking and not from germs.

“Overwhelming statistics show that insured persons take much longer time to recover from their injuries than other persons, and that they are liable to more extensions and permanent functional disturbances than the uninsured. Insurance against diseases breeds disease. Individual observation by doctors as well as statistics prove that recovery from illnesses and injuries is much slower in officials and permanent employees and people compulsorily insured than in members of the professions and those not insured.”

So much for the notion that private insurers will replace government sercives. There a story that the general population of the 1800s were slow to pick up the notion of insurance. They, like Mises, apparently believed that the safe and decent people will be subsidising the incompetent and stupid people.

BioTube August 17, 2009 at 10:23 am

Gil, your mental state has a large impact on your health: aside from minor things like heart attacks, bad moods also impact your immune system’s ability to function; asserting that disease is unrelated to your mental state is the sort of unscientific handwaving that politicians love to engage in.

G8R HED August 18, 2009 at 2:25 pm

@ Gil & BT –
I don’t believe that what you are presenting is the same perspective which the article implies.
My perception of the article is that there are those WITH illness and/or injury that have a mental state which inspires them to perform and provide for themselves while others with similar or less conditions and a negative mental state choose to mope around and live off of others.

For instance, two individuals paralized from the waist down may lead completely different lives based on their mental state. One gives up and lives on the public dole while another starts a construction company, modifies construction equipment so he can operate it, and drags his body in and out of the equipment all day to operate it .

Thus:”A man’s efficiency is not merely the result of his physical condition; it depends largely on his mind and will.”

So, it is not the state of mind which causes or prevents illness or injury but rather the incentive or dis-incentive to produce.

This is not to negate the efficacy of a positive mental state on overall health, just not the intent implied in the article.

Mark August 19, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Was this written about Nazi Germany?

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