Health care based on compassion?
- Franz Nahrada has written how health is a key reason for global
villages. I share an idea about organizing health care.
I've been thinking that a solution for US health care problems would be
a "compassion" test. The public (by way of the federal, state and local
government) could decide what health care it wants to provide as part of
compassion to all. We'd simply think as we do as individuals, how much
compassion should we have for a particular person needing our help with
their health care expenses.
So, for example, compassion might suggest paying 100% of chemotherapy a
20-year-old cancer patient but 0% for chemotherapy for an 80-year-old
cancer patient; but paying 100% of pain medication in both cases. Or 0%
for a patient who doesn't play their part - like quitting smoking, if
These choices would be based on what the public can afford and chooses
to cover for everybody. This would be covered for all and that would
eliminate the overhead (maybe one-third) that comes from record keeping,
Then there would be insurance (private and/or public) for everything
that's not covered by public compassion.
This approach would force a public dialogue on health care issues. Who
should we have most compassion for and who not?
What am I missing? and has somebody suggested this?
And we might organize our own health care with our own resources based
on such an approach. In a sense we did last year during the Kenya turmoil.