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Mrs Rodin was riffing this morning about healthcare and how people have come to hate medicine while loving their own doctor. (Kind of like hating Congress but loving your own Representative.) How people seem to not want to pay for medical care. And, of course, socialists (communists) keep telling people that healthcare is a “right” that should be centrally controlled and managed.
There probably is not a more abused word than “free.” Marketers have long used terms like “buy one, get one free,” which in reality means only that the unit price is halved. While “free” is always appealing, it is little understood. What, in reality, is free?
I remember learning about “life cycle costs” many decades ago now. The difference between a Certified Public Accountant and a bookkeeper is study and experience in allocating costs among things — a judgment call — and not simply recording an amount into a ledger. Even legitimate gifts have costs: do you insure it? Does the government tax it? Do you have storage expenses? Maintenance expenses? Disposal costs?
I recognize that, at a level, this is pedantic, but really, people, grow up and understand what real life is all about.
But “circling back” to healthcare: bringing the cost down to even close to free involves shifting costs. Want to avoid any of the so-called lifestyle diseases? Change your lifestyle! And next time you have a sugar craving, just remember you are doing it for nearly free healthcare. Have a chronic illness or injury? Just buck up and bear it — you’re getting nearly free healthcare!
Oh, for the good old days –no, not the 1960-’80s — the 1060-’80s. Healthcare was nearly free. A small donation for a prayer. Lots of exercise while doing back-breaking and life-shortening tasks.
Sadly we seem to be on a trajectory back to 1122 as Obamacare (thank you, John McCain!) continues its march through medicine, shifting incentives from rendering to denial of care, putting paper pushers in charge, and making the ultimate “care giver” the government who never took a Hippocratic Oath.Published in