Monday, September 3, 2007

Universal Preventatives in a Mandatory System

SUV driving Presidential hopeful John Edwards would introduce a new element of terror into a universal health care system. Will smokers and fatties be denied universal care should they continue to indulge in habits that could result in poor health?

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care," he told a crowd sitting in lawn chairs in front of the Cedar County Courthouse. "If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK."
Assuming private health care insurance is still permitted, I don't really have a problem with this proposal, so long as each person is allowed to opt out of the scheme entirely should they so choose. This includes the right to refuse to pay a dime into the universal system, and also includes withholding any tax dollars that would go toward paying the salaries of bureaucrats hired to police the health of the populace via a national health care registry or some other such tracking mechanism.

cp: Dust My Broom

8 comments:

Leslie said...

Incorporating mandatory preventative care is based on the assumption that good health only possible with the intervention of health care professionals. If I were a doctor I'd like his plan though, more preventative health care would mean more billable visits.

MapMaster said...

Guaranteed business for doctors, of course, but guaranteed mediocrity of income and, as our own plan ensures, of service.

Elaine said...

That is why are health care system is going broke. People take it for granted and go if they have a sliver in their finger. They have no idea of the cost of their health care. Perhaps a cost of each visit should be presented to them once a year.

Leslie said...

I see it as dangling a carrot in hopes that it will be carelessly considered. American doctors would soon find creative ways to bill and improve their mediocre income. That is a really big problem up here.

MapMaster said...

It's hard to say how far along the socialist path the universal health care platforms proposed in the U.S. would take them. For example, would private insurance still be allowed instead of or above the government's insurance? If so, enterprising doctors and clients would certainly find ways to compensate for the levelling mediocrity of universal health care.

MapMaster said...

… which, I should hasten to add, could very well be the prelude to clamping down on those creative methods, depending on the political climate. It has certainly been that case in Canada in the past.

Leslie said...

I can't see private and universal health care existing well together down south. The looming threat of losing doctors to the US private system keeps authorities from holding our doctors to account. Would American doctors willingly switch over if they absolutely didn't have to? On the other hand, maybe they would...they would have the American government over a way bigger barrel when the threat of defection is across the street rather than across the border.

Anonymous said...

Mike Moore said it best.