Government Involvement Causes Health Care Cost to Rise

Published December 13, 2007

In response to “The High Cost of Health Care” (Nov. 25), rising costs in health care in large part have to do with the rising role of government in the health arena. Health care costs turn into a so-called problem when government decides to cover the bill. When government expands its involvement and centralizes spending decisions, it creates pressure to ration access to care. Government should not increase its role to combat higher costs but rather decrease it, and let the free market and competition create market-value prices so more people can afford quality care.

Kate Campaigne (