I believe healthcare is a right, and that doctors should treat patents who need care. Period.
How about you?
So, it was with some amazement and disbelief that I listened to a physician address the SHM body last week in Dallas. He is the leader of a large organization. I am not a member of this association, and an unscientific poll taken by fellow blogger Brad Flansbaum suggests that the vast majority of HM11 attendees are not members either.
If my instincts are correct, this physician made no inroads with the SHM membership in Dallas. And this is why:
We are young and idealistic.
We went into medicine to make a difference.
We experience the broken healthcare system and its impact on the most needy in our society on an hourly basis.
We believe that the system can change and we work to change it.
Right? Is that fair?
And, we do not believe in his false analogy…
Healthcare is not similar to the provision of other civic services as described in his speech. The gentleman in Tennessee who did not pay the bill to his municipal fire department and subsequently received no assistance from the fire fighters as they watched his house burn to the ground is not an example of the need for individual healthcare responsibility.
There is a greater civic duty to provide protection to the community at risk.
This false analogy would suggest that if that same gentleman were to contract H1N1 influenza after failing to pay his health insurance premium, it would be socially and morally acceptable to deny him the Tamiflu and a mask were he unable to pay out of pocket.
Just let it burn and allow the other houses to catch fire too!?
Am I missing something here?