Medical CARE should be considered a right for ALL. As it is now, some people, mainly the poor, get to treat it as a right, while the average taxpayers that pay for them to have that right have to treat their medical CARE as a bankrupting privilege.
This again? Really? I thought we already put this one to bed. OK well, we can go around the houses one more time I guess, in the interest of.... whatever it is in the interest of.
First. A 'right' is not something somebody else pays for. A right is something that has no inherent cost associated with its exercise. For instance, 'freedom of speech' is a right. It costs nobody anything if you speak. To bear arms is a right. It costs nobody (except you, of course) anything, no matter how you arm yourself. Then there's the right to privacy, etc. OK, now that we understand that a right is an activity or prerogative that is only likely to cost the person exercising that right anything, let's consider some of the more modern (and more expensive) 'rights'.
Aaaaand jumping straight in..... Healthcare. Let's consider this for a moment. Premise: Healthcare as a 'right', same as speech or privacy. Everybody needs healthcare so it is supposed to be a right. OK, so I get sick and go to the doctor, the doctor checks me over, writes me a prescription and wants to see me again in 10 days. I go to the pharmacy with my prescription and pick up my medicine. 10 days later, I see the doctor again and he is pleased to give me a clean bill of health. The system has worked as it was designed and I go back to work, happy and healthy. Eeeeexceeeeept.....
So let's unpack that little story some. The doctor is a professional physician who spent 7 to 10 years in college/university and several more years as a houseman in a hospital being taught the trade. Let's round that off to an even 10 years and call him a general practitioner. OK so he has one function in his professional life - to treat sick people. And he spent 10 years and over a million dollars learning how to do it. So how does he eat? He must charge people for his services as a physician or find a second job, right?
So, before I even leave the doctor's office, someone has to pay the doctor.
The pharmacist who fills my prescription is also a highly educated professional who also spent close to 7 years at college/university and usually is tasked with purchasing some very expensive tools of the trade. Even worse than the doctor, the pharmacist must buy the raw materials required to produce the prescribed medicine and he too must eat, so he too must charge for his product and/or services.
So, before I even take the first dose of medicine, someone has to pay the pharmacist (and, by proxy, the pharmaceutical company).
And then, after my 10 days of medication, I again show up at the doctor's office. Same as before.
So, someone has to pay the doctor, yet again.
But I am only a lowly street sweeper, and cannot afford to pay these high wages and exorbitant medical costs for the doctor, the pharmacist or the pharmaceutical company (the latter being a total ripoff, in my opinion). Whatever shall I do?
OK so here's my options:Carry health insurance
. There will most likely be a deductible but at least the cost is not ruinous. Of course, there is that monthly payment to make, month in, month out. These days it ain't cheap - government regulation, anyone?Borrow the money
. This will spread the cost out over a period of months or years. The bank will listen, and many hospitals will offer this option. Banks need collateral. Hospitals need to see an excellent credit score.Sell off property
. Simply head to the second-hand store and get what I can for my prized possessions. If it's really expensive, my car might have to go. Hopefully it's enough.Look for a donor
. Parents and siblings may be open to putting something together to help ease the burden. Some charities are in existence to help with medical catastrophes. Some hospitals are also registered charities. Nobody ever got shot for asking. Tell 'em Larry said....Some combination of the above
. Maybe my insurance pays up and I cover the deductible with the other options. Maybe I have no insurance and really have to hash it together.
Of course, there are some, shall we say, less than legal options that we shall not go into here.
And there are probably other (legal) options that I have not thought of. I bet my highly educated and widely knowledgeable friends here on OPP will be more than happy to point them out... (head explosion in 3... 2... 1-1/2... 1-1/4...)Let government pay
. 'Sure, why not? Government deals in billions every day, what harm is another 20 grand going to do? They're rolling in money!' Yes, they are, they're rolling in other peoples' money that was garnered by force and threats of violence against those who had no choice but to pay. Taking money from government just makes it that much worse for those who are forced to pay up. Oh, and the act of forcing someone to pay a debt for a third party is a very insidious form of political arrangement called socialism. Socialism is the exact opposite of our Constitutional Republican form of government. In our form of government, if it ain't allowed by the original agreement (the Constitution of 1789), it ain't allowed, period; and socialism ain't allowed.
Now, will you please quit inventing new 'rights' for the rest of us to pay for? If you're really so much in love with socialism, there's a country south of here called Venezuela that will be happy to eat you. (Meet! I meant MEET! Not 'eat'. Though they are very hungry right now, like literally, because 'socialism'.)