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Snake Morrison

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#1 12 years ago

Should the government provide free healthcare to its citizens? It's an interesting topic in which both sides seem to have merits. Some immediate pros and cons I notice:

Pros

  • Healthcare isn't determined by social status at all.
  • Economically, it is more efficient.

Cons

  • Less incentive for doctors.
  • Long waiting times to receive treatment.

So what do you guys think? Yea or Nay?




Tas

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#2 12 years ago

Yea

You cant put a pricetag on the life/health of your fellow man.

I know the hardcore capitalists will rush in here and start bitching about taxes and liberty but.. seriously, how humane are you if you put the extra $ in your wallet over the health of some less fortunate? Now before someone brings up "what about people that abuse themselves", i'll just say this.. drug/alcohol tests, problem solved.




GOD111

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#3 12 years ago

Well this is already a fact in Europe.




Emperor Norton

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#4 12 years ago

The Government is there to help its people because it is only given power by the peoples say so yea!




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#5 12 years ago

Nay, in my views the government should provide only a millitary, judical system, police department, and fire department. Those are the only things that should be provided regardless of who you are, and should be covered by a basic tax. Though I have nothing against the government adding on a tax for those who wish to use the public road system, healthcare, or other government services.

If you don't want to use something that the government provides, you shouldn't have to pay for it.

Edit: Also, I think it would be reasonable to have a basic government emergency service. For instance, if you are in immediate danger of dying because you've been in a car accident or some other accident then the government should cover that.




Snake Morrison

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#6 12 years ago
NighthawkAlso, I think it would be reasonable to have a basic government emergency service. For instance, if you are in immediate danger of dying because you've been in a car accident or some other accident then the government should cover that.

In the United States, if you enter an emergency room, they have to treat you, regardless of whether you can pay or not. Unfortunately, this simple system is easily abused, as some people go into emergency rooms to get treated for a cold if they don't have the money to actually go to a doctor.




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#7 12 years ago
The 13th RaptorYea You cant put a pricetag on the life/health of your fellow man.

I can. As for the vote, I vote yes.




Locomotor

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#8 12 years ago

Absolutely not. First of all, it's not the purpose of the government to micromanage its citizens' health issues. That's a gross misuse of power, in my opinion, like most things most governments do today. Secondly, there's the taxes. Thirdly, if such a program were implemented in the US, it would get extremely cumbersome. It would be too inefficient, for the government and for the people.

However I'm not necessarily opposed to some sort of socially owned, nationwide, free clinic program or something like that.




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#9 12 years ago

No.

I give enough of my money to the goverment I get nothing in return. Nothing I have ever got from the goverment, aside from tax returns, has been good. Free is not always good. The care would not be as good as what I am getting now. You can't give good health care to 300 some million people and keep is cheap.

My parents got a good health plan. I can go and see any doctor I want. There are plenty of affordable plans out there. They won't let you get free beast implants, but they will cover what you need.




PanAm

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#10 12 years ago

I'm assuming your talking about the US. Even though I'm not a US Citizen, I'll share my thoughts. Yes, I do believe that healthcare should be free. When you get older, you'll have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on healthcare. Healthcare should always be free, but seeing as it's not, the Government would probably have to raise the taxes before they can provide it for free, which would be a downside.