The standard point made about the Road to Serfdom is that the silly old Austrian didn’t know what he was talking about. How can having the National Health Service make us all slaves?
That not being quite what Hayek did say of course. Rather, that if politics becomes the monopoly health care supplier then politics is going to start determining what health care who gets. Which is indeed a form of serfdom.
He wasn’t so silly after all:
Melatonin should not be offered by NHS to treat jet lag – review
Why’s that then?
“The question is, should NHS resources be used to support a short term, self-limiting condition that is generally associated with travel for pleasure and holidays?,” said David Phizackerley, the deputy editor of the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin.
“Travel for pleasure and holidays” is the giveaway there. Which medicine is to be given to which person is being politically decided. Because that long distance travel for pleasure is regarded as a not correct choice.
Hayek was right about the NHS and serfdom thing.