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Should healthcare be free? Show more Show less
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Access to healthcare is essential for our quality of life and longevity. But healthcare doesn't come cheap. Should individuals be forced to pay their own healthcare costs? Is healthcare an inalienable human right? What are the pros and cons of free healthcare?

No, healthcare shouldn't be free Show more Show less

The individual should be financially responsible for the services they use. This encourages them to make better health decisions, increases the quality of the health system, and leave the government with more money to spend on other things that matter.
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Free healthcare may create sedentary and irresponsible lifestyle

Humans would be living without taking care of their health since complementary health services are always available. Therefore, the awareness of being active in living healthily may be taken away.
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Humans are risk takers and free healthcare might make them believe they can take more risk that might endanger their lives and livelihood.

The Argument

Free healthcare may make people less motivated to make healthy life decisions. Healthcare should a last resort. A healthy diet, exercise, and personal development are key to health. If healthcare is freely available, people may start to worry less about preventative measures to protect their health. As a result, more obesity, malnourishment, and bad behavior may begin to crop up in society. Free healthcare is a path to a lazy society.

Counter arguments

Free healthcare has far too many benefits that outweigh the small portion of the population that might abuse this newfound medical freedom. The medical world, since the beginning, has been dealing with a fear of cost to maintaining a healthy life. Some people are so afraid of that cost that they would rather not seek medical help instead of taking on massive debt. Free healthcare would allow for everyone to be able to see doctors and receive care for all their medical needs. While there would be an increase in patients and doctors visits, there would not be a real increase in those with ailments. The only thing that would change is people coming in when they actually need help or advice.

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[P1] People in general do not always make the smartest or safest decisions.

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