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Are We Entitled to "Free" Healthcare?

Updated on July 14, 2014

The Doctor is in, for FREE!

Trust me, I provide medical help for free and I love you and practice at least 10 specialties. Dissatisfied customers are all dead so they do not complain much.
Trust me, I provide medical help for free and I love you and practice at least 10 specialties. Dissatisfied customers are all dead so they do not complain much. | Source

Some countries provide free healthcare.

Really there are countries that provide free healthcare. The USA does. Really! Does that blow your mind? Really poor people with children get really free healthcare. People hurt on the job get free healthcare and certain Veterans get free healthcare. Okay there is even argument there that it is not free --- but that is as close as you get anywhere in the world.

Some countries provide free healthcare but anyone who can will pay for alternative methods because the treatment is better so...... it is really bad treatment so not really free to middle and upper class.

Think this way, you can come by my house any day at most hours with a medical problem and I will fix you a tea sure to help with the problem and or symptoms. For free. I will even clean and bandage a wound for you for free. I will give you aspirin for free, but maybe charge you for my Ibuprofen, okay, only if you take the whole bottle full. Now that is totally, almost, free medicine. Except I have to pay for the bandages and tea, but you do not. And I donate my time because I am a great guy but really someone has to pay for my time - my wife at work?

With me as your doctor you may want to catch a falling star and put it in your pocket for a rainy day.

On some matters you are entitled to the best that your government can do for you.

You are really not entitled to pothole free roads. Sorry. You are not really entitled to the best National defense in the world. Sorry. You are not really entitled to the finest universities in the world. Sorry. And you are not really entitled to have the government give you a pistol and ammunition. Sorry. You are not really entitled to go into a private business and burn a flag in protest. Sorry. You are not entitled to have the government build you a church. Sorry.

For some reason some factions in our society have taken the concept of "a right" and turned it into a concept that others must pay for our right. I suppose that is true in a war, but that is another matter. But to elevate "a right" to a right to have our neighbor pay for our right is actually contrary to our concepts of freedom. I have a right to go where I please. That is not a right to go into your bedroom at 11pm. Just so my right to healthcare does not allow me to go into your pocketbook to get the money to pay for it.

Whoa there, this does not mean that we cannot do such things it just means that it is not a right or entitlement in the modern sense.

Are you entitled to have the government pay for your health care. Yes! But basically only if you are dirt poor and want the poorest treatment you can find. (except for mine - but some might argue that point ;-) Shoot I think we all agree you are entitled to eat. Probably you are entitled to somewhat of a clean drinking supply and sewage. And we will provide it publicly but if you want your own toilet with water, pay up. If you want your choice of food, pay up.



Somehow we are entitled to go into your restaurant and not be bothered by smoke.

Are you entitled to fire protection?

Yes but this guy might be your fire chief unless you pay for it!
Yes but this guy might be your fire chief unless you pay for it! | Source

My neighbor has a right to all my tools.

I gave him that right. They are my tools. Well he has better tools and so now he gave me a right to use his tools. Alright I can only use his tools under his direct supervision.

Hey I have a right to worship in any church I want to. Except for the ones the kicked me out of and won't let me back into. I suppose it is their private property but still the government should force them to let me sit in their pews for free at their expense for utilities and some of that grub afterwords. Of course that is ridiculous. Is me paying for your healthcare also ridiculous? I think so but then again I think that if I get the benefit of this nation that I should give some back and so I am pleased to pay for some of your healthcare if you cannot.

If you were to really force to much on me I would get angry. I have 3 adult healthy 20 something children. If these new programs go fully into effect they will help to pay for my "old man" insurance payments and healthcare. I feel bad about that and so I have private fully funded by me insurance for my wife and younger child and me. I can afford great care at my own expense so that works out.

So let us not kid ourselves, healthcare cannot be free. But let us agree to help our brothers and sisters out to get some healthcare. And let us if we need it as old people or too poor go and get it with all of our blessings.

I see a brighter day, how about you?

Better we should all exercise just let us on the grass, we are entitled.

Have fun and stay healthy.
Have fun and stay healthy. | Source

Just a note on "healthcare"

Please exercise 5 days a week for half an hour. Just get out and walk fast for half an hour. Do some stretching (you can call it Yoga if you like), ride a bike and get fresh air.

Go ahead and buy carrots and celery and apples and have them everywhere so instead of something else you munch on those.

Hug somebody everyday. Recently my 4 year old has decided I get ten big hugs a night. He may just be prolonging my life.

Drink clear cool water and juice that is really juice.

When stress jumps up at you. Breath deep and do not let it go further. Stop it cold in it's tracks with that brisk walk up above.

Find some spiritualism and just let go for a bit everyday.

Healthcare is cheap and makes you feel better.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Eddy the latest statistics is that it comes to about 1,500 per person in the UK for NHS yearly. I definitely looked it up while writing this hub. It is about 90billion per year out of the general fund. It is one of the best low cost systems in the world, but many argue as to timeliness and quality. We note that a foreigner in an emergency does get free medical care. However even then it partially comes out of the sales tax so every foreigner does in fact help pay for the NHS. But again by all accounts a good system. A similar USA system would be about 500 billion dollars a year if my conversion and math is correct and correcting for our availability.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Here in the UK we do have a National Health Service which is free and we really should appreciate it much more than we do. Thanks Eric for this interesting read.

      Eddy.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, I hold my head down and want those people down here. Sooner or later the reality will wear off and they will know.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am headed out tomorrow night. We will see two camps of homeless and provide some first aid and referrals. I do not know what free looks like as my buddies tomorrow will have all paid a price. The price I pay is more than doubled in return.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dr. Poore? must be his daughter, and hooray and hoorah for that. Great family. We are blessed.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      We have 'free' clinics and some doctors surgeries that 'bulk Bill' (charge direct to Medicare). The trouble is that anyone can go there and get treated for free no matter how rich they are, when the service should really only be for the poor. So it is being over utilised. Some people have money because they don't like to pay for anything they can get for free. This being one example.

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Great point you've made here. Health care cannot be free no matter how they word it because the bottom line is the money must come from some where. Now people of the lowest income get it for free but the quality of health care is a different matter, although it's better than nothing.

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      Tim Knowles 3 years ago from Gallup, New Mexico

      Don't know if you saw it or not, but a about a year ago, Dr. Poore in Flagstaff opened a free clinic there. Your description of a caring community is a reality.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you John for such a great contribution to this hub. We have a long way to go to get to reasonable solutions. Airing it is our best way to move forward.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I know this is a hot issue in your country Eric. Whatever happens it won't please everyone. Here in Australia those who work but don't have private health insurance are required to pay a Medicare levee on their tax to compensate. This is an incentive for anyone who can afford it to take out private health insurance. The unemployed, pensioners etc don't have to pay this levee but it's up to them if they pay for insurance or not. If they don't and require elective surgery etc they have to go on long waiting lists and don't get to choose their doctor/surgeon. Emergencies are dealt with immediately though at no cost. Good, thought provoking hub here.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim I have been that Janitor and that guard and what made it good honest work was that we were paid what we were worth. I cannot imagine going back and doing those jobs and not even having the pride to take home what I earned. I want to make a living and pay my way. But if you really need some help let me know. We will find a way.

      Community and caring are all the "free" I need.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Truth to that Rochelle, this next commentor Tim and I grew up in such a place where we helped each other and there was sure plenty for all of us. My daddy the doctor would fix a leg, literally for some tamales that we would share for some fresh eggs and life went on just fine.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill we are being confused by issues these days. It is time to step up to basics. Hey if you have a health issue I will not only pray for you but be happy to send you some bucks!

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      Tim Knowles 3 years ago from Gallup, New Mexico

      Eric, you make some good points. Entitling people to everything (food, housing, medical care, vehicles, cable, cell phones) without them having to work for it and contribute simply kills off incentive. I'm no hardliner, but giving people something for nothing doesn't work. They get no sense of accomplishment because they have done nothing and now they expect to be taken care of. To give a more precise example, take the minimum wage debate and look at it in terms of school security guards, who probably earn the minimum after a couple weeks of training. At our school, they're pretty worthless. But if I decided to DOUBLE their pay for no real reason, I'd still have nearly worthless security guards, only they'd be costing me twice as much even though they had no additional training or skills. You can't just get something for nothing.

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      Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

      I agree with the points you have made, and don't understand why many people would argue with what you have presented.

      Many of us are only entitled to pay for others.

      I'm not against sharing and contributing to the common good. It is very heart-warming to live in a small community where people help each other-- if they are 'entitled' or not.

      If the government provides everything, it is a disincentive for people to have the joy and satisfaction of helping.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's always interesting to read your views on issues. This is certainly one of the hottest...it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.