Is access to medical care something that governments should provide, or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice? – Daily Prompt
In my opinion, access to medical care is something that should be left to the private sector.
There is a reason that the government does not allow monopolies in other businesses. The competition of the private sector increases the quality of the service. When you have two or more companies fighting to gain customers, they have to always be trying to put the superior product out there. If you only have one business providing a service, what incentive is there for that business to continue to improve and provide a better service? They are going to get the money regardless of what type of service they provide.
Price is another reason to have more than one business involved. The competing businesses have to make sure they offer the best price they can. Without competing businesses there is nothing to limit the amount that a business can charge for it’s product. The consumer would have no choice on where to go for their service. The government system would limit the price that could be charged. What incentive would that provide the service provider to continue to improve and offer better services? Or would it cause the service provider to cut back on certain steps because they want to make as much profit as possible?
There is also the question of where the funding would come from for the government to provide the services. Medical care is not cheap. Especially if you are looking for high quality medical care. Would they raise taxes to pay for it? Cut other necessary programs? Make decisions about just how sick you would need to be before you could qualify? Decide that after a certain age that you no longer qualified for certain types of medical care? I certainly wouldn’t want the government telling me what I could or could not have done. Especially not if the decision is being made from a cost standpoint or an age point of view.
Then there is the question of red tape. How many forms would we need to fill out? How long would we need to wait for the final approval? Would someone have to wait 6-8 months while some secret panel of politicians and physicians who have never seen you reviews all the records and the options to determine if you could be approved? Who cares how much pain you might be in, we need to review this paperwork before anything can happen.
Are there drawbacks to the private sector handling medical care? Sure. The biggest being that, like any other service, some people just are not be able to afford the proper medical care. There is no perfect system. Every system has it’s downfalls and drawbacks. In the end it’s a matter of which system has the fewest drawbacks and downfalls. And in my opinion I think the private sector handling medical care has fewer than a government handled medical system.