«This House Would ban private healthcare in countries where there is a state alternative»
Should we allow markets to interfere with every aspect of human life? What if they improve things?
Having access to good healthcare is important for everyone.
This is a debate about whether it is morally right to charge for healthcare, and if there are any benefits to having private healthcare in a country where there is state-provided healthcare.
- Morally unjust. Healthcare is a vital thing which everyone needs. It should be a human right and it’s immoral to attach a price to it.
- The best resources. The most skilled doctors and most specialised equipment would previously have been in private hospitals can now reach the wider public.
- Encourages investment. People who are used to paying for high quality private healthcare now have to use public healthcare and therefore they have an incentive to invest to improve quality.
- Government duty. Private healthcare makes the best resources unavailable to the majority of the public. The government have a duty to ensure the best quality of healthcare for the most people.
- Private hospitals take pressure off the public system. People going to private clinics shorten the queues for everyone else.
- Doctors leaving. Doctors who are in medicine for the money may just move to different professions, or go to different countries to practise private medicine.
- Investment won’t happen. It is cheaper for the richest people to go abroad for private healthcare than it is to invest enough money into a new state system.
- People should have the right to choose. If people have the money, they should be allowed to pay for shorter waiting times.
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