Criticism of Universal Healthcare

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 306
  • Published : November 5, 2007
Open Document
Text Preview
Currently, there are many people in the U.S. who are uninsured, and many people see universal health care as a solution. The problem is that the concept is not as simple as it sounds. There are many flaws and sacrifices that come along with the system, and that is what most Americans are unaware about. Universal health care is defective because of the government's inability to pay excess costs, the poorer quality and tardiness of health care services, and the doctors' limited access to cutting edge technology and modern medicine due to government cost control. Since the government must pay for everyone's health care, expenses can be overwhelming, and the government must cut down funding on other programs and raise taxes. With these high expenditures, the medical procedures and access to modern technology and medicine must be strictly controlled to only adequate health services. Since universal health care covers everyone's health services in the nation, costs are too astronomical for the government to control without raising taxes and reducing funding for other programs. Canada is an example of a country that embraces universal health care, but currently deals with some issues in the system. "What matters, however, is that federal support for health, postsecondary education, and social services has been steadily reduced as successive governments have struggled with deficit financing and massive national indebtedness" (Naylor 4). In Canada, the provincial governments' support for many programs is deteriorating and is causing national indebtedness. Universal health care is a major contributor to the massive debts and as a result, the government must curb their expenses for most of its agencies or divisions. With the cost of universal health care covering everyone's insurance, support for other programs must decrease. Not only do other programs weaken, the universal health care system also bleeds support. In Canada, health care spending on doctors and hospitals has steadily decreased from 1987 to 1997. Naylor states,

"Moreover, the wave of hospital closures and cutbacks has been profoundly disturbing to the public […] Politicians and bureaucrats point to rising expenditures on drugs and home care as the logical offsets to this downsizing of the institutional sector, but the public remains unsettled." According to politicians and bureaucrats, the increasing expenses on drugs and home care have diminished spending on doctors and hospitals, shrinking the hospital sector. The closures have been disturbing to the public and damaging local economies. This is an example of how the government must decrease funding for one institution to increase funding for another area in a universal health care system. All institutions cannot excel when cost is an issue. These reductions are hurting health care by limiting and restricting access to doctors, medical tools, and procedures.

"The institute compared health care systems in the industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and found Canada currently spends the most, yet ranks among the lowest on such indicators as access to physicians, quality of medical equipment, and key health outcomes" (Cihak 1). The Vancouver-based Fraser Institute's comparison of health care systems of industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) indicates that Canada's expenditures on health care are among the highest. Although Canada spends the most, its health care is among the lowest quality. The price of universal healthcare surpasses the government's budget, and therefore, the government cannot control such an expensive program without limiting health care itself. Therefore, universal health care outputs too many expenses and "steals" money from other programs. Canada's inefficient system displays the poor quality of health care in exchange for the high price of free insurance.

With expenses out of hand,...
tracking img