Socialized Medicine

Socialized medicine is a service owned by all citizens and is present in many
countries. How does it work and what does it do for a nations economy? One of
the biggest fears most people have is becoming sick or injured, and the problem
for them is paying for it. Under socialized medicine people would receive health
care, regardless of their ability to pay. Everyone would be taken care of
without worry of how they would pay for their care. The World Health

Organization, part of the United Nations, says that, ⌠health care is a
fundamental human right.■ The benefit of national health care would be
potential for people to live longer lives. Costs would be driven down because
doctors, nurses, and other health care providers would become civil servants.
⌠Another benefit would be that malpractice suits would decline, because it
is very difficult to take legal action against the government■ (Carol

1994). Economics is the biggest factor in whether socialized medicine is good or
bad for a nation▓s economy. The United States, to a point, has socialized
medicine with Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration Federal medicine, and
health departments. The National Center for Public Policy Research said that,
⌠In 1990 the government shared 42 percent of the health and gained over 50
percent of health care in 1992 as expenses begin to rise.■ In 1993 health
care expenditures consumed 13.9 percent of the Gross Domestic Product and 15.6
percent in 1995 according to the Heritage Foundation. ⌠Typically, people
mistakenly blame rising costs on drug manufacturers, insurance companies,
physicians, and hospitals. But the rapid growth in medical expenses is rising
due to the rise in medical services needed■ (Oatman 11-34). As the
government attempts to establish health care, hospitals are being overburdened
with minor and unnecessary uses of health care services. These have caused
emergency rooms to be filled with treating common colds, headaches, and minor
scrapes. Medicare is said to be useless by the year 2002, just 8 years before 77
million baby boomers begin to retire. ⌠The only way that the country could
continue is to raise taxes severely■ (Oatman 40). The supporters of
national health care are Canada, Great Britain, France and Germany. All are
suffering from severe budget and service problems. They are all losing their
best and brightest doctors to the free market systems of the United States.

These health care systems have a two-class system. The rich in these systems use
private hospitals with private insurance to receive the levels of health care
that the average American receives (Peikoff 1994). In Canada, the national
health care system is facing many problems. Many hospitals have been closed to
cut costs, and proof of this is shown in the amount of Canadian health care
workers in the United States. Robert Bourassa, former Premier of Quebec, after
discovering that he had melanoma, flew to Washington D.C. for further
consultation at the National Cancer Institute. Former Cabinet Minister, John

Moore, in charge of British National Health Service, checked himself into a
private hospital for treatment of pneumonia. ⌠The British Royal Family has
such faith in their health care system, that they are all treated in private
hospitals. Socialized medicine is such a failure, even government officials
admit to it by their actions■ (Mc Cuen, 1988). When health care starts
being a right, the medical profession will not be as wealthy, and the quality of
medical care will be decreased. Under the traditional American health care
system a person has the right to health care if one can afford it, if you earn
it by your own actions and efforts. But no one has the right, just because they
want or need it. Pierre says that one is born with a moral right to hair care
and the government should provide that free of charge. As a result, people show
up everyday for an expensive new styling, the government pays out more and more,
and barbers love their new huge incomes. Would you even think that a hairstylist
could possibly even come close to making as much money as a doctor or nurse?

These are not quite the actual standings but close enough for concern. There are
also free hair implants, eyebrow plucks, breast implants, nose jobs, dental
expenses tummy tucks, any type of plastic surgery you could possibly dream of
getting, this could all be available for you, if you need it or have the want
for it. Beauty schools have taken off, and tuition for them is sky high.

Beauticians are working and spending like mad, trying to give every customer his
or hers heart▓s desire, which is a millionaire▓s