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Should healthcare be free? Show more Show less

Access to healthcare is essential for our quality of life and longevity. However, healthcare doesn't come cheap. Should individuals be forced to pay their own healthcare costs? Is healthcare a marketable commodity or an inalienable human right?

Yes, healthcare should be free Show more Show less

Healthcare systems that are free for the public at the point of use reduce financial inequality, improves economic productivity, and save human lives.
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Free healthcare leads to less inequality

Poorer segments of the population tend to suffer from more lifestyle-induced health complications. In a for-profit system, this increases inequality.
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Context

Financial inequality poses a threat to political and social stability. In vastly unequal societies, there is a greater likelihood of violence and political upheaval. Forcing citizens to pay for their own healthcare costs fuels financial inequality, which in turn, makes a society less stable.

The Argument

Poorer segments of the population tend to be more prone to illness and disease. They have less money to spend on healthy, organic food items. They also have less time to exercise, less access to health education, and are more likely to work in jobs that carry a high risk of illness or injury. In a for-profit health system that requires citizens to pay for the services they use, lower economic classes end up spending a much higher percentage of their salary on healthcare costs. They are less likely to have health insurance that can lighten the financial burden, leading to a greater financial gap between the lowest and the highest economic classes.

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Premises

[P1] Poorer populations have more health complications. [P2] Therefore, they would have to spend more money than rich people in a for-profit health system. [P3] This contributes to financial inequality.

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