Pros and cons universal healthcare

This is a highly debatable issue what are the arguments on both sides of the fence?

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Encourages entrepreneurship. Our current system punishes risk-taking which punishes innovation. Basically the free market health care system produces labour market rigidities and makes jobs at small firms relatively unattractive compared to big firms who offer health benefits.

pro

Answered on August 26, 2017.
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Creates equity in society. Health should be considered a fundamental right. Food, water, shelter and health are all essential to survival and prosperity and so inhibiting people’s access to these necessities is wrong. A healthier person is more likely to work their way out of poverty.

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Answered on July 6, 2017.
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Saves the economy. Despite what most may think universal healthcare isn’t a drain on the economy. In fact looking at the figures before and after the implementation of universal healthcare in countries shows a significant increase in the economy.

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Answered on July 6, 2017.
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Creates a healthier society. A healthier workforce is a productive workforce and a healthy population benefits all areas of society. By providing healthcare to all members the health quotient of a country increases instead having a healthy minority and a unhealthy majority.

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Answered on July 6, 2017.
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Limits resources available. With no incentive to outdo competitors there is no reason to increase the access of the public to certain resources. Recently there was a story about a woman in Canada who had to go to Montana to give birth to quadruplets because they didn’t have the facilities in her area.

con

Answered on August 26, 2017.
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Creates a subpar health system. Only through competitive markets are products and services improved. If the government funds healthcare there is no reason for health officials to improve quotas and consequentially improve the quality of their services. The healthcare system will become mediocre like many other government controlled sectors.

con

Answered on August 26, 2017.
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Raises taxes. It unfairly raises the taxes on people who are not going to benefit from the system.

con

Answered on July 6, 2017.
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It is the first step towards socialism. Socialism is the most heinous ideology was socialism and its cousin communism. The government controlling a huge sector such as healthcare begins the process of other sectors falling under government control until we have a nation where the government controls the means of production.

con

Answered on August 26, 2017.
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