posted on Oct, 29 2004 @ 01:30 AM
I'm not quite sure how you're defining a "right" here. Do you mean right given by the United States government? If so then yes, you're right
heath insurance is not a legal right protected by the constitution or national law.
If you are refering to an ethical right (the so called "god-given" rights) then it becomes murky, I could make a good case that as humans we,
especially those in the healthcare field, have a moral obligation to aid the suffering, but from the sound of your post, maybe you wouldn't disagree
with me on that.
Anyways, I agree with your charge that healthcare needs to be made more affordable, and easier for the masses to pay for. I don't pretend to have
the answers for that, I really haven't studied it that much.
I, much like everyone else has their hospitalization stories, however there's one that could be of interest for a slightly different reason:
I was hospitalized a couple years ago, my apendex having burst, at a major research and teaching hospital. I had great service, pretty trim and
responsive, they quickly found the problem, and I was on the opperating table with speed. I had an experimental surgical style using
nanotechnological robots to remove the pecies of my apendex and leaving only a 0.5cm scar.
My doctor was a very nice bloke from India, and I was joking around with him during my recovery, I asked him how much profit the hospital was taking
from my stay. He laughed and replied that the hospital was a non-profit venture, as was my insurance which, thanks to family, was through the
hospital. When I got the bill, it was remarkably small for such a long stay and a high-tech procedure, quite to my surprise.
I wonder (I'm not claiming to be any kind of expert here) what could happen if the US mandated that all healthcare organizations should be run as
non-profits. The government already gives sizable amounts of money for research. Could the costs of covering all research, or at least a majority,
be offset by the money saved by not having to pay the exteranious costs of many Americans heathcare.
Imagine how much less the government would have to pay if all drug companies were non-profit! The drug companies research money could come from the
government, while their multi-million dollar advertising campaigns could be scrapped. Companies could get back to beating the competition by making
the best drugs on the market, rather than the best advertised.
Just an idea by someone outside the healthcare industry
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