Why is health care policy so complex?
Is it necessarily different from many other services that comprise our economy?
The most important detail to keep in mind is: the financial impact resulting from the uninsured use of the emergency room as their primary access to health care should be added to the conversation. Without access to primary care guidance, the uninsured use the ER for non-emergency conditions as benign as a stuffy nose, or, on the other end of the medical spectrum, for neglected problems such as advanced cancers, or infections resulting in sepsis, which cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars. The most humane, and cost-effective use of health care dollars results when everyone has access to a local doctor to advise us on simple issues, and keep us from dire ones.
There should be a mandate for all to be insured, and it is the government’s responsibility to see that through. There are politicians who state that people have the right to opt out of the system. However, when a medical crisis happens, those that have opted out will still dial 911 and expect the call to be answered. Health care costs should be shouldered by everyone, since everyone will eventually need medical care.