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In Healthcare: A clash of expectations, Ethics, Law, and Business

Originally published by Data Driven investor on Medium


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We tend to accept or overlook hypocrisy in our healthcare system way too often. For example, we invent technologies we cannot afford to use. We find cures we can’t use ourselves. We set prices on healthcare too high, and yet we complain that it is so expensive. We expect others to pay for our healthcare, and we create entitlement programs where only abusers of the system benefit from it.

Why do we do these things?

Expectation, Opportunity, Dependence, and Abuse

These are some of the words that describe some of the reasons why there is a clash. If we take these words out of our vocabulary, we could quickly achieve universal health for all.

If we think more clearly, we have the privilege of outing terrible people and putting them away behind bars, but only if we pay for it. Criminals won’t put themselves away!

In the past, hard labor was prisoners' job, but over time, it was voted unethical and considered form slavery. Execution / capital punishment has been reserved for extreme cases and dying away. Despite being said, even prisons said to have some copay or at least had to consider:

Healthcare given to them is by the book, legal, and fixed. Physicians treating them must be qualified and knowledgeable as they must be on the outside.

The number of prisoners is only a fraction of the total population, so funds allocated from taxpayers' money are limited for a limited choice.

It sounds perfect that if prisoners get the best healthcare at the expense of taxpayers, it should work for the whole population too!?- yet, it is too good to be true. Prisoners don’t have options; they have expectations that are not skyrocketing. Prisoners are in limited numbers relative to the whole population.

The only way this could work (as simple as it is for prisoners) in the general public is to have a totalitarian system of government. Is that what we want?

We can’t have it both ways if we try to implement a hybrid system where the entitlement program is on top of personal choice. We will encounter an abusive phenomenon.

Abusing the System

For example, we are all aware of the sector or public in certain states where they will receive free healthcare through Medicaid and even financial support if they are single mothers and have kids.

Although ethically, it is excellent to help a single mom who can’t work. Unfortunately, some will avoid getting married to get the benefits, receive cash income, and avoid tax payments, especially if illegal.

Some even use fake social security numbers. Even if the intention was good but, result is abuse!

Here’s an example of an extreme case of this. Here’s an obvious example of political paranoia.

Unfortunately, hypocrisy is deeply rooted in our culture. We can’t make our minds up.

We need to have a free choice, more options, individual power, devoid of politics, greed, and description.

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