Why health care should be 100% free and volunteer based
Grant J. Kidney — Health care is a fundamental human right- from a certain point of view.
If the human species is recognized as a giant, collective family, then health care ought to be seen as a social responsibility. If, on the other hand, a rather selfish vantage point is adopted by the body public, then health care is considered nothing short of mere privilege.
Health care: why the endless debates?
On the left, activists push for free and universal health care. Many assume that strides toward such were no doubt achieved with the Supreme Court’s upholding of Obamacare. The truth however is that Obamacare actually plays in to the selfish world view more so than it does the collective world view by aiding the large insurance companies in their quest to rake in huge amounts of profits. Remember, Obamacare doesn’t truly offer free health care for all- it merely forces people who are at present uninsured to buy health coverage even if they refuse.
On the right, activists in the United States claim that universal health care would actually degrade what is considered the greatest health care system on the planet. The true motivation however in the attacking of universal health care comes from a very selfish, money-oriented perspective. Opponents of free health care will often ask just where the funds would come from to cover all of the ‘bums’ and ‘freeloaders’. Those on the left will normally respond to such by suggesting heavy taxation in order to manage the costs.
Health care: the ‘third side’ solution
As it is in most political debates, only two sides are represented. But what if someone were to present a different opinion- a ‘third side’ solution to the mess that is health care?
Back in America’s golden days, charitable hospitals existed which would take care of sick people and provide quality care to any and all who were in need but who couldn’t afford a doctor’s visit. However, due to the monopolistic, multi-billion dollar industry that is health care, many free hospitals and clinics have simply disappeared.
The true problem with health care is the involvement of money. Almost every debate concerning health care would cease the very moment that money were taken out of the equation.
What we need is for a force of volunteer doctors to arise who would freely lend both their time and their knowledge toward the curing of the sick. There are volunteer firefighters, volunteer workers in soup kitchens, religious missionaries, and other such folk who work tirelessly for their fellow person without any thought of reward in mind. Volunteer doctors, if proven a sufficient enough force, could supplant ordinary, for-profit doctors and ultimately bring the health care industry to its knees.
We can go on believing in the social darwinian model which currently drives our planet’s social orders or we can adopt a new perspective of who we are and what we truly mean to one another. I choose the latter.
One thing is certain- if money continues to remain in the health equation, it is a mathematical certainty that the health care industry will ultimately collapse- along with the rest of human industrial civilization.