Access to healthcare is essential for our quality of life and longevity. However, healthcare doesn't come cheap. Should individuals be forced to pay their own healthcare costs? Is healthcare a marketable commodity or an inalienable human right?
No, healthcare shouldn't be free
The individual should be financially responsible for the services they use. This encourages them to make better health decisions, increases the quality of the health system, and leave the government with more money to spend on other things that matter.
Free healthcare means worse quality
It is impossible to have high-quality healthcare without paying high healthcare costs. Free healthcare will inevitably mean a sacrifice in quality.
Free healthcare provides no incentive to make good choices
Under a health system that is free at the point of use, there is no financial incentive to make good health choices.
Free healthcare is unnecessary
Free healthcare isn't necessary when most people can already afford to pay for their healthcare.
Free healthcare encourages waste
When people aren't paying for something from their own pocket, they are more inclined to abuse it and take it for granted.
Free healthcare leaves the healthiest footing the bill
Under a taxpayer-funded health system, the healthiest foot the bill for the unhealthiest.
Yes, healthcare should be free
Healthcare systems that are free for the public at the point of use reduce financial inequality, improves economic productivity, and save human lives.
Free healthcare leads to less inequality
Poorer segments of the population tend to suffer from more lifestyle-induced health complications. In a for-profit system, this increases inequality.
Free healthcare is a human right
Good health is a basic essential for human survival. It is a basic human right and should, therefore, be free to all.
Free health care prevents financial exploitation
If medical professionals can charge consumers directly it creates the perfect conditions for exploitation.
Free healthcare saves lives
A nation should take actions that save the most lives and protect the most people. Free healthcare saves lives and protects people.
Free healthcare means greater economic productivity
In societies where healthcare is provided for free, workers are more productive.
There is no such thing as free healthcare
Healthcare is never free. Someone always has to pay for it. The only debate at play is who should pay for it.
Someone always has to pay
There is no such thing as truly free healthcare.
This page was last edited on Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020 at 09:26 UTC