“The reasons are obvious. When there is a need for universal supply of a product or service, wherever the user is located and whatever their circumstance, then the state has unique powers to deliver with an efficiency no other structure has. “
Food, clothing and housing are all universal needs. Therefore, according to Ritchie, we should have a National Clothing Service, a National Housing Service and a National Food Service.
On the grounds, mark you, of greater efficiency of provision.
I’ve lived in a country with a National Food Service and that’s not quite what actually happens.
But from such faulty logic we end up with the NHS.
No one, but no one, is suggesting that we follow the US health care system. There are quite a lot howeer you say we might try elements of the French, German, Singaporean and so on. Markets, competition, innovation, within a state and tax financing system.
On the grounds that those systems seem to be *even* better than the NHS.