As predicted, SDP's "National Healthcare Plan" involves increasing the government's healthcare expenditure from the $8 billion this year (up from the figure of $4 billion last year) to $10.5 billion, with the projectd increase being be paid for in part by "[i]ntroducing luxury tax" and "[i]ncreasing corporate tax". So now the rich will not only not be allowed to "buy immediate and better treatment [while] the poor have to wait months on end to receive medical care", they will be made to pay even more for healthcare they do not consume themselves than they already do now.
You can read the details of SDP's plan following the links on their site which I linked to above, but what it boils down to really is a $500-a-year consume-all-you-can healthcare buffet, even as SDP dismisses the existence of the "buffet syndrome" with what is effectively an "Oh, I'm sure it won't happen".
Now you only have to read the comments to the few posts before this one to know that it already is happening, and that it is naive to expect that the situation will in fact improve when such a plan is implemented.
Granted, we don't all spend $500 a year on healthcare now, but eventually more than half of us will die of cancers, heart diseases and strokes, and in getting there consume many times more than $500 during each of those final year; when the "silver tsunami" hits, this great "Plan" will fall apart.
I'll end with the words by a fellow doctor-blogger, a comment he posted on my blog when I looked at the subject of free healthcare many years ago:
I am absolutely certain that having medical care free at the point of entry leads to complacency and abuse. I have watched it with increasing horror in the NHS for 20 years.
People attend for medical consultations for the most unmitigated trivia; they demand inappropriate tests and, in particular, inappropriate medication.
I am committed to good health care for all, and I never thought I would ever want to change the "free" principle but common sense has triumphed.
As I have argued many times (and people seem to thing it is a trivial debating point - it is not) why is food not "free at the point of entry to the supermarket"?
Food is even more important than health care.