Thursday, May 31, 2007

On "free" health care

Samizdata:

To attack the idea that certain services and resources should be 'free' is not, alas, all that easy in today's politically dumb climate. However, I think I have a partial solution in how to frame the point. If you ever encounter a person who says that healthcare should be free at the point of use, and it should be a 'right', then point out that this means that someone else has a corresponding duty to be a doctor, a nurse, a hospital orderly or an administrator. Unless people can be forced to perform these roles, then all talk of health as something that ought to be free is meaningless. Of course, at this point the socialist will blather on about incentives and so on, but what if no one wants to be a doctor or a nurse, regardless of pay? Does this mean that anyone who shows an inclination to like medicine should, at an early age, be conscripted into a hospital like a draft for the Army?
Ontario's Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter would probably say yes. Bill 56 was passed back in June of 2006. This bill "authorizes" anyone deemed "reasonably qualified" to provide health care services in a "declared" emergency. If health care workers refuse to put themselves at risk, their incentive are fines of up to $100,000 and a year in jail for each day they refuse to provide service.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Government has declared that you are free to serve as a drudge in a government hospital if they decide that you are qualified, and the police are free to throw you in jail if you fail to exercise your right to do so.

That's why they hate us - for our freedom.

Speaking of which, did you know that Pres. Bush just awarded himself - via decree - the right to declare an emergency over practically anything up to and including a severe outbreak of the common cold, and then use his sole discretionary power to do exactly what McSquinty and McKwinty plan to do? ('cept with tanks, helicopters, drones, and the world's largest army) That's almost more freedom than I can bear.