This post is painfully uninformed.
Private healthcare runs on profit. That profit encourages the investment which drives medical innovation. It also incentivizes a much higher level of care because profits are tied to outcomes and service quality.
Consequently, diagnostically complicated medical issues are often sent from public healthcare systems to private ones because the public system isn’t up to the challenge (see Canada).
But private healthcare’s moral cost is high: millions uninsured and lack of healthcare coverage for some pre-existing medical conditions.
Socialized healthcare is a tax burden. It creates no incentive for medical innovation, high-quality care, or prudential use of the system. Consequently, socialized healthcare systems quickly get overburdened, causing the routine to become impossible (Canada’s non-emergency MRI wait is currently about 18 months).
So the moral healthcare question ultimately boils down to the following trade-off:
Great healthcare for most, while some get no healthcare (private).
Mediocre healthcare for all (public).
That’s a tough moral choice for many middle-class families.
Most employed, insured Americans have elected to look after their own families, rather than the families of others. Their doing so is human, not outrageous.
1. Private healthcare provides better medical care than public healthcare
2. Middle-class Americans prefer superior healthcare for their families
3. Choosing superior healthcare for family members is not immoral