Should health care be better for the wealthy? What is the proper role of government?

Should health care be subject to and run by the rules of a private, for-profit system?

If you make more money than I do, I agree that you should wear nicer clothes, drive a nicer car and eat in fancier restaurants.  But should your water be any cleaner?  If our homes catch fire, should yours be put out and mine not?  If we are in an accident, should the ambulance arrive for you first?

Just which things should be better for people with more money?

Personally, I do not think health care should be any better for people who are wealthy.  Granted, the wealthy will have private rooms and private assistants, but should the care itself, the medications and the surgeries that are required be any better for the wealthy?  And what is the proper role of government in allocating these resources?  What do you think?

Should health care be better for the wealthy?

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What is the proper role of government in allocating health care resources?

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Scope of practice for non-physicians

There are many clinical professionals in the health care industry other than physicians, including:

  • Nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Pharmacists

The laws are generally clear on what these other professionals are allowed to do and what they cannot do. 

  • Who can prescribe drugs
  • Who can perform specific procedures

However, in the broad discussion about health care costs, the issue of what various professionals can do becomes relevant:

  • A shortage of physicians affects access and waiting times.
  • The supply/ demand balance affects the cost of services- if there aren’t enough physicians, thay can raise their prices and there is no alternative.
  • Physicians threaten to refuse Medicare patients if rates are cut, and even Medicare has no alternative.

So here is the question:

Should non-physicians be allowed to do more in the direct care of patients? What do you think? Please select one answer.

In general, should licensed health care professionals who are not physicians be allowed to do more in the direct care of patients?

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