Do we really want a national/universal healthcare program? Here's something to think about. Let's say you run into a health problem a few years from now -- when we have nationalized our healthcare system. Your doctor examines you, gives you the pertinent tests, and discusses the situation with you. He/she recommends that you have a procedure done which he believes will clear up your deteriorating situation.
You go home, discuss with your loved ones, and maybe a trusted friend or two, the doctor's prognosis, that you won't get better without his recommended intervention. A little research on your part ensues and even a second opinion is sought.
After careful deliberation, you return to your doctor and tell him, "Yes, I agree that we should proceed with all due haste with the procedure you've chosen as our best option. Being that we now have nationalized healthcare, your physician has to check with the federal government's protocol for proceeding. When he feeds your information into the computerized system, he gets a thumbs-down.
After some delving into this rejection of his medical-intervention request, you find out that it's because of your age. It seems that you are not deemed worth the expenditure of federal funds; because of your age you are classified as not worth saving. It turns out that some nameless, faceless number-crunching bureaucrat in some distant location has run the numbers and anyone over age ___ is deemed by national averages to not have enough "quality" years left to make this a good investment of the limited national funds (remember all the money the federal government spent in 2008/2009 that it didn't have).
It doesn't matter to "them" that you have taken excellent care of yourself over the years and that you are still a productive member of society with a loved one or two who depend on you. It's not taken into consideration that you are not at all average and because of your exemplary health habits are destined to live another 20 quality years -- IF you undergo your desired medical procedure. As a matter of fact, it has been deemed that you are too costly on the system (social security payments, medicare, ... times 20 years of payments) to keep alive. If truth be told, the "state" would actually rather you be dead -- it's more cost effective.
There you have it. A bureaucrat with no knowledge of you as a person or your personal situation has come between you and your doctor. Is that what we want? Then again, maybe this won't happen to you; maybe it will be your mom or dad or grandparent who faces this rushed, cruel demise.
There is, of course, a second scenario with national healthcare in place. That is: "They" approve the procedure and put you in line to have it done, but, alas, nine months later when your "turn" comes up, you've already succumbed to your health problem. Oh well ...
Won't it be great when everyone has access to the "healthcare we all deserve" -- unless we are deemed not worth fixing. Maybe universal healthcare won't seem quite so universal when it excludes us or our loved ones!
Ed Mayhew is a speaker (need one?) and the author of Fitter After 50, Fitter for Life and Age Blasters: 3 Steps to a Younger You You can visit Ed at: www.FitterForLife.com www.YouCanGrowYounger.com Ask for your F*R*E*E* Fitter After 50 / Fitter for Life e-newsletter