According to this the US spends the most per capita on healthcare in the world. This is ridiculous and is mainly because of the capitalist nature of our healthcare system. Without a government regulated system healthcare prices sky rocket due to the massive demand for healthcare. When you're terminally ill you don't care what it costs to make you better. Healthcare companies take full advantage of this by absurdly overcharging for even the simplest of care. It's incredibly unethical. If our government regulated healthcare, not only would our country spend less tax money on healthcare, healthcare would be cheaper for voluntary procedures. Our neighbors to the north spend half of what we do per capita and they receive the same level of care. Sure, sometimes they have to wait for less serious procedures, but at least they aren't afraid to actually get care. If you don't want to wait, you have to pay. Even then, you would pay a lot less for the same procedure when compared to the US. We shouldn't worry about whether it's mandatory or not, we need a complete re-vamp of the system.
We in Hungary have a "free" healthcare system, which is available to anyone. Anyone who have money avoid the system since its quality and handling of people is unacceptable. Still, you cannot just die due to uncovered healthcare. ...It'd just feel worse....
What I mean is "free healthcare" is just a question. First, healthcare have a cost which should be covered by someone, some way. Second, there is a question of what you get for the cost. Third there is the problem whether the quality of the free system is reaching (or above) the minimum required.
No. Healthcare should be free. Why should your capacity to not die when something bad happens to you depend on how much time you've devoted to a company that doesn't care much about you?
No - but if it is to be universal health care, then let's have the U.S. remove a few of the billions it annually gives to the "defense contractors" and put that money into making sure everyone has health care.
One important factor when it comes to healthcare in the United States, is that the federal government regulates it so that no one system can have coverage across state borders. If we had a unified healthcare system then there would be more money to take care of people and the rates would drop.
Another thing to remember is that some of these rates are too expensive for some people and what is to be done then?
For those of you saying that health insurance should not be mandatory, what should health care providers do if a person comes to them for help but doesn't have enough cash on hand to pay for their care? Should that person be turned away, even if he/she has a life-threatening illness?
What if you thought you had enough money saved to take care of your health care needs but then you find out you have cancer and what you saved wasn't nearly enough? Should the doctor/hospital treat you at a loss? Would you only accept as many treatments as you could afford, and if that's not enough would you be willing to just die?
Either health insurance should be mandatory or use a single payer system. A person never knows when they are going to need medical treatment that costs more then they make during a year or longer. If everybody was in the system them the premiums would be less for everybody.
While I'm all for socialized healthcare, I think it's a mistake to threaten to fine citizens who don't purchase a plan. If someone simply cannot afford to purchase a plan, do you think they're going to be able to afford to pay a fine? Not to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but how is that not an attack on the poor?
If, say a homeless person or undocumented immigrant uses the E.R. and doesn't pay, we all foot the bill through increased medical costs. We spend a ton on just this per year.