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Why Healthcare is Important in a Country

Updated on March 22, 2016

Most countries have free healthcare. This is great, and very beneficial to the masses.

What I think is the main reason countries don't allow people to walk around sick is because of the history of pandemics.

For example, the disease HIV is from the family of the AIDS virus. Ebola is created from a family of other fevers, it being a fever too.

Diseases have always multiplied from one to another, changing into something more fatal than the last.


First of all, no country really gives any healthcare for free. The government or body that gives this support is compensated for it in one way or another.

Other countries have a system in which doctors there do not really get rich because they become a doctor.

With free healthcare in the US, doctors could have what is perceived as two incomes. The capitalist, I own my business and can charge anything I want income, and the flat rate income the government could provide courtesy of free healthcare. Why they don't want this; I have no idea.

How much the government does really came into perspective after learning medical billing and coding for extra income.

I learned that Medicaid and Medicare is the ONLY reason hospitals are running or operating at all. People can and do use insurance, but there is a catch with insurance companies. There is always a catch.

The catch is, insurance companies do not have to pay for the hospital visit. They can deny payment based on what they feel are the procedures THEY THINK were supposed to be done in terms of the doctor's diagnosis and treatment. Yes, they make the decisions about what a doctor can and cannot do as if they are the doctor.

Still, hospitals run in the U.S. because of government programs and nothing else. Insurance companies cannot support a single hospital.


Control of Disease or Epidemics

Any country that knows anything knows that not all of their citizens are going to be CEOs and politicians. Some will be chefs, dentists, gynecologists, brewers, and so forth.

And just like everyone, these people can get sick with any type of illness. If too many people contract a disease, or citizens remain constantly sick, the control on health can be lost.

Most countries know it isn't wise to have a majority of sick people. We all know that the majority in most countries are the low income, middle class, or poor people. They nearly make up the entire country.

These people can't afford frequent doctor visits upon high hospital costs. If a country doesn't maintain the health of their citizens, there could be severe widespread cases of sick people.

I don't want to sound like a science fiction movie or horror, but a widespread illness could turn into a pandemic. Today we have a major example being Ebola, that is a fever that can be caught very rapidly.

Healthcare is important to most countries because of the cost of losing control. Most countries make no mistake in providing as quality and as convenient as possible healthcare for everyone. No country wants to lose control of their revenue in taxes let alone any disease to the point of a pandemic.

Their leaders have wised up. They know that citizens must have income, an education, clean water, clean environments, laws that protect them, aid in emergencies, good shelter, privacy, jobs, the means to make a living, private property, quality food, income tax returns, and most importantly healthcare.

That a country provides these necessities to all is what I feel a country should do.

The Benefits of Maintaining Health

Maintaining control of all citizen's health contributes to the following:

  • Everyone has access to the same type of healthcare, no one gets better healthcare than another.
  • This provides healthcare to all in the hopes of not creating a situation in which they lose control of the majority of their citizens's health.
  • Which also contributes to monitoring their citizen's health in that they do not miss new illnesses or sudden outbreaks.
  • Which overall helps them avoid losing millions of lives or losing billions of dollars on some type of medicine to stop the spread of a disease in order to regain control of their citizen's health.

One must really weigh the risk and cost in this, however I think all countries should consider risk before anything.

Last Note

This mini-article is for all countries that don't have free healthcare. Health is nothing to play with. Ignorance towards issues like this only lead to more problems in the future.

We have a new virus in the northeastern states of the U.S. called Zika Virus that effects newborns. Seriously, nobody is wondering what that is and where its came from?

Healthcare is a necessity. It a necessity to a country regardless of who says or wants what. It's time to push selfishness aside and do what needs to be done of the good of the society.


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      Toni Northern 4 years ago from Williamston NC

      @weestro TFR. Yeah healthcare will always be expensive even if we're not paying for it directly. That's the bummer of having to have it. Yet it'll always be important for a country to have it because of risks.

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      Toni Northern 4 years ago from Williamston NC

      TFR @HSchneider. I'm glad you think it's excellent.

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      Toni Northern 4 years ago from Williamston NC

      TFR @weestro. So true. It's one of the main reasons for the divide in healthcare here. It contributes to the danger. Great point.

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      Howard Schneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Very well stated, SonQuioey10. I agree with your analysis. Excellent Hub.

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      I think that in America we should look at why healthcare is so expensive in comparison to other countires. We spend more than the next 10 ten countries on the list combined. Non profit hospitals in America are anything but that.