Free health care is never free. Ask any country with "free" health care what their taxes look like to pay for that care. Its a single-payer system and you all pay in taxes to maintain it. I wish people would stop saying "free health care" because it simply isn't so.
I'm not saying much in this conversation simply because I don't have health problems, don't need prescription meds, and if I did maybe my take on such a thing might be different. I frankly don't know what it is like to have to pay for high medical costs regularly, and I won't pretend to.
This is true. Just paying what the health industry wants with government health care would
cause the need for higher taxes. They would need to have price controls as well.. People are
paying over $6000.00 a year for family health insurance. So why not just pay it in tax instead.
The extra tax would likely be less than the premium anyway. A person out of work would still
have coverage instead of loosing all they own, not counting the loss to the hospital or doctor.
Free interprise only works well when you have good compitition, but with health care people rarely
have the option of going around looking for the lowest cost. Also unlike buying a product where
they could say "That's too high" they may have to take it or die.
The cost of health care didn't use to be a real problem. You could go to the doctor or even a
hospital for reasonable cost. Doctor visit would cost less than a days pay. A hospital visit could be
less than a months pay. On average at least. Over the years though these prices have gone up over
10 % a year. Much more than inflation so now you can't afford health care without insurance.
So it kind of slipped up on us. Like the frog in the pot of water. They turned up the heat slowly
and now we are being cooked.. Trouble is so many have insurance they don't even worry about
the price. They just hand them a card and nothing else. Then when they hear people fuss about
the cost they think. I don't want to change it. I get good coverage and the government would
mess it up for me and mine. That is until they loose their coverage.
Another thing there could be private hospitals for people who want fancy health care and
can afford to pay for it. They already have fancy Nursing homes for people who have the money
to pay for them.
Also pay rewards to people who find overcharges and cheating in medical bills.