Providing for Society: Universal Healthcare
6 November 2020
This post is part of a series linked to our Amenities of Modern Existence thread.
The last of the six amenities of modern existence that we will discuss logistics around is the amenity of universal healthcare. With each amenity, it is vital to prepare a plan of implementation if we are to exist in a society that assists its members with the necessities for survival. As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we see two elements of implementation that must be addressed, infrastructural, and tracking.
The concept of universal healthcare is usually seen as a cumbersome program due to the limited resources available in all areas. When it comes to implementing universal healthcare, you must think of the physical buildings and space needed for hospitals and doctor offices to exist. This also becomes a conversation of allocating human capital. Even if all hospital trips were free of charge paid for by the state, we should realize that it doesn’t necessarily solve the concern of providing universal healthcare to the citizens of the global human civilization. If there is no hospital to rely on, or there are no experts in the medical field you are needing aid in, then it seems we are falling short on the conceptual goal of a universal healthcare program, which is keeping human beings healthy.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen a shift in regulation allowing for medical personnel to practice over state lines, and through what is aptly known as telehealth now. This is just a glimmer of what I believe are innovations and changes to the healthcare system that would look at and utilize the healthcare professionals of a country or even the world in a way that dynamically spreads their knowledge and abilities to more people through both technology and higher incentives to travel.
Now creating this dynamic labor force of healthcare professionals that are incentivized to practice their profession in a manner that allows for more universal access to their skills requires a discussion of how the incentives get created or more plainly stated where the money will come from. As we have discussed previously, as well as others have elaborated on in this space, changes and additions to our taxation structure could finance programs such as universal healthcare. Another way of looking at this concern though is to consider it a question of what medical procedures and doctors’ visits should be covered by tax dollars through a government-implemented healthcare plan.
This is the general concern that people have when it comes to the concept of their tax dollars going to another human being’s medical expenses. That other human being’s recklessness or desire for unnecessary procedures or treatments would eventually bankrupt the country. As the Human Civilization Reformation Coalition, we believe that the conversation needs to revolve around what exactly we are willing to cover underneath a universal healthcare plan as a society. The optics of the phrase itself, “Universal Healthcare” is partly where this misconception of plans like this covering even the most frivolous of elective procedures more than likely originated from.
Regardless of the origins of the misunderstandings of how we go about a program of this nature, this is what we believe is the path forward towards bringing about a universal healthcare program. The task of bringing clarity to the limits a public healthcare option would provide.
This will be the topic of future inquires within this thread though.
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