Daniel Halliday
Nov 23 · Last update 3 mo. ago.
Should healthcare be free?
In 2012 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development a resolution was adopted by the UN to encourage the provision of affordable, high quality healthcare worldwide. This however remains an issue of controversy in some part of the world, so should every country be aiming to provide free healthcare?
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Healthcare should be universal, but the downsides should not be ignored
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Universal healthcare for all
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There no such thing as free healthcare
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Healthcare should be universal, but the downsides should not be ignored

Governments should endeavour to make healthcare as universal as possible, but the downsides of doing so should not be forgotten either, as universal healthcare systems are not as simple as being wholly positive. A universal healthcare system needs to be strong, efficient, well run, free from corruption, while providing essential services and employing well trained knowledgeable staff. Unfortunately many healthcare systems lack some of these attributes and universal healthcare becomes a point of contention for some, often used as an example of wasteful taxpayer expenditure. Furthermore national healthcare systems are susceptible to a number of inbuilt issues that need continued attention if universal healthcare is going to stand the test of time, these cannot be simple overlooked.

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Universal healthcare for all

There may be no way to achieve a free healthcare system but universal health coverage should be a basic human right that is available to everyone, regardless of their country of origin, age, gender, ethnicity, health status, or financial status. The idea of universal healthcare came about in the 19th century, with Germany launching the first nationalised health insurance system in 1883, this idea has consequently spread to other countries ever since. No human should be allowed to go without at least basic health care, and healthcare should not be stratified based on wealth or social standing in any way. Universal healthcare can help to improve the standard of public health and prevents the possibility of an individual’s health ruining their life financially.

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There no such thing as free healthcare

Medical services are expensive and a free healthcare service is not free at all but government subsidised, which effectively means everyone that is paying tax is paying for everyone else’s healthcare. Such a country-wide healthcare bill becomes a massive cost and not many countries are in a position to be able to afford such a system with the quality still remaining adequate. It could be argued that public medical care suffers under unrealistic targets and pressure, resulting in unreasonably long waiting lists, providing sub-par medical care and perpetuating largely preventable conditions.

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