The glories of leaving things to “the market” prove themselves from the very outset. Here’s a graph from today’s New York Times:
And, of course, it gets even better! According to the Times:
The chasm in price is true even though new mothers in France and elsewhere often remain in the hospital for nearly a week to heal and learn to breast-feed, while American women tend to be discharged a day or two after birth, since insurers do not pay costs for anything that is not considered medically necessary.