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?
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 is unnecessary
Free healthcare isn't necessary when most people can already afford to pay for their healthcare.Explore
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.Explore
Free healthcare leaves the healthiest footing the bill
Under a taxpayer-funded health system, the healthiest foot the bill for the unhealthiest.Explore
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.Explore
Free healthcare deincentivises making good choices
Under a health system that is free at the point of use, there is no financial incentive to make good health choices.Explore
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.Explore
Free health care prevents financial exploitation
If medical professionals can charge consumers directly it creates the perfect conditions for exploitation.Explore
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.Explore
Free healthcare means greater economic productivity
In societies where healthcare is provided for free, workers are more productive.Explore
Free healthcare is cheaper
First-world countries with universal centralized or 2-tier healthcare tend to spend less money Per Capita and achieve better personal care, lower infant mortality and longer lifespans than those with just private healthcare.Explore
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.Explore
Free healthcare is better prepared to deal with pandemics
The full coverage provided by free health care is essential to reduce the propagation rate of viral diseasesExplore
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 "free" healthcare. Scarce economic resources means someone or the collective society is paying for that resource (in this case, medical services) to be provided for the people.Explore
This page was last edited on Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020 at 09:26 UTC