Rule #2 - if you think right is wrong, you're not paying attention.
Regardless of who pays for it, healthcare is a set of goods and services that must be delivered by others to you.
Like if or not, there is not enough 'healthcare' to go around. Everyone cannot and will not get all the 'healthcare' they need or want.
This is just a reality, not a political statement.
When you let the government pay - the government has to decide who will get how much. Since government represent everyone equally, government payment systems requires 'fairness'. This means the government has to decide who gets treatment and who doesn't.
Some form of the following:
Life expectancy (age) X quality of life (defined how exactly??) X effectiveness of treatment / Cost of treatment
is used to determine whether you (or your kids or your parents) get the treatment.
Hey - wake up - this isn't some philosophical argument. Today - right now - Australia has what so many of you seem to want - nationalized medicine. There aren't enough cancer drugs to go around in Australia - and Australia has a panel of experts called the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee who perform this economic analysis on cancer drugs to determine who will get them.
This is a direct quote from their website:
"Users should be encouraged to understand the costs, benefits and risks of medicines, and wherever possible the public benefit of provision of medicines should be achieved through the regulated marketplace...it can be difficult to meet the community’s expectations regarding subsidised access to all available treatments. Both the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the treatments need to be considered in making decisions about subsidisation...(we must assure) access to necessary medicines occurs at a cost the community as a whole can afford, particularly in the context of pressures such as the development of new high cost medicines and Australia’s ageing population...."
READ THAT AGAIN!
Cost...effectiveness...regulated...access...decisions about subsidisation...afford...new medicine... aging population...
As I said - healthcare isn't a right, it's a good. Goods must be distributed. In nationalized (socialist) systems the government uses fairness to determine distribution.
Meaning - sick, old people don't get no chemo.
Tell mom that was the hope and change she believed in...
(oops, that was a political statement, sorry, just slipped out...)