I agree, healthcare isn't a right. But then again by my reasoning nothing would be a "right".
Healthcare is not a right Watch
- 20-04-2013 00:49
(Original post by NedStark)
- 20-04-2013 00:59
I assuming you meant decisions.
We shouldn't have to be making decisions, whether they're informed or ill-informed. People shouldn't have to decide on healthcare depending on the price of it. It should be provided to those who need it.
The NHS budget is finite, indeed our total productive capacity has limits so we cannot provide every single person with everything they need at zero cost. Decisions have to be made, and the relative cost of each option needs to be weighed up: do we spend £1m curing a single person of a particularly nasty disease or do we spend it curing a larger amount of people from less threatening ailments? It's utterly foolish to deprive ourselves of accurate economic information on the basis that we're worried about the poor&vulnerable. How can we help them when we don't even have basic pricing information?!!
(Original post by Tibbs735)
- 20-04-2013 01:19
I don't think that healthcare is a right, but then again I don't think there is any reason for private healthcare to cost as much as it does. Private care, expecially in places like America, is ver expensive because insurance companies stand between you and the provider.
There is no reason for a standard checkup to cost an exorbitant amount. Insurance should be for rare, catastrophic injury or illness.
It's not free healthcare I object to, just the way it's paid for. If there was a way to opt out, so you lose national insurance but also don't have to pay taxes for it anymore, I would be fine with that. I don't feel comfortable with forcibly extracting money from others.
(Original post by Sellya)
- 20-04-2013 14:55
And then all the rich people - those who pay the majority of the health costs in tax - decide to opt out and everybody else suffers and the NHS dies whilst they go to private hospitals.
(Original post by Barksy)
- 20-04-2013 17:41
I don't care much for theoretical intricacies. The reality is it hasn't worked when tried; what it has achieved is misery for those unfortunate enough to live under the iron boot.
The far left had the chance to sell itself in the last century. It failed.
And what in your opinion does the 'far left' consist of?
(Original post by Tibbs735)
- 09-05-2013 01:57
But you would most likely be able to go to a private hospital, and pay with the money you have hopefully saved from not paying taxes, and have some left over, if we didn't have insurance companies as middlemen driving up the price. It also used to be that doctors would provide a reasonable amount of care for those who genuinely couldn't t afford it; it was an interpretation of their Hippocratic oath.