Universal Health Care- Is It Fair?

As a student of modern economics, I feel that when we take a look at the broad picture of universal health care, we should all be able to agree that it is not economically reasonable or fair for that matter.

I’m sure most of you have heard the joke, “If America had free health care, where would the Canadians go?” As funny as this is, there is a sense of truth that comes with it. I don’t need to go out and search for articles that describe the horrors of the Canadian health care system, you can do that research for yourself. I can explain that our society is based on incentives. A doctor’s biggest incentive to be a good doctor is more patients, which comes with more money or their ability to charge more for the better services rendered. By making health care free, then we take away the doctor’s incentive to be a better doctor and make more money. Some of you might be thinking, the doctor’s incentive should be to make a difference, but I am looking at economic and real incentives.

Another point, is that if we were to offer socialized health care, then we will begin to shut down hundreds or even thousands of medical companies. This may send our economy into an economic downfall. A lot of these medical companies also are a big part of medical research. Then we would have to ask the government to take that over as well.

One more point… Free is never free. When the government pays for anything, remember, the government has no money! We are still going to pay for it one way or another. Also, if everyone gets the ‘free’ health care, then only those who pay taxes are going to be paying for it which could ultimately make it more expensive.

Don’t get me wrong. Health care reform is a must, but it starts with less control from the government; not more.

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