Please read this entire article at the above link. It was written by Bill Frezza who is a fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
This man shows that health care can be provided at decent prices IF government isn’t tasked with providing (paying for) health care for those who are unable to pay.
Paying cash without insurance is what we used to do in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Then union contracts began to demand health insurance that over time demanded more and more paid health services. In addition states began to require health insurers to cover A through Z of every health condition. Medicare and Medicaid was devised for government to pay for the health care of the elderly and the poor. Do you think the health care of the poor and elderly was not paid for before this? If you said no, you would be wrong.
When I was a young student nurse we had clinics in our hospital. The clinics were where people who couldn’t afford to pay for care came for their health care and they were provided all health care services pro bono. These people were treated just as well as insured patients. Every doctor in our hospital took his turn spending a month seeing indigent patients as well as his own private patients. From what I saw, these patients were treated with utmost respect and with the same care as anyone else. We students also were assigned to the clinics as part of our learning/practicum.
Almost all hospitals were started by Christian churches. Yes! Almost all! And charity comes from the Greek word, agape which means Christian love. Charity really means love! In the KJV of the Bible: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-4, 8, 13)) The word here in the Greek is agape. Love. And love is an action word. We don’t ‘feel’ love. We DO love!
That system of charity provided dignity and love to people. Today people on medical assistance have a lessor quality of care. It’s been proven in studies for the past 20 years. Why is that? I think it’s because government provision of anything doesn’t serve humanity. It’s a political act to benefit politicians.
We have walked down this road for so long that we don’t think we can do without private insurance or government funding of health care. Well we can do without it. But it would take a lot of turning back the clock. Religious institutions would need to be allowed all the financial benefits that other non-profits are allowed. Come to think of it ‘non-profits’ should be obliterated. We don’t need non-profits. Those tax rules were designed by President Johnson and he wasn’t a conservative that loved people.
OK. Read the article. Lebanon has a very good health care system. It cured this man’s wife of a life and death problem pretty quickly and it didn’t cost him an arm and a leg. We could do this.