Medical Care for the Poor
Q&A Radio: 7 June 2015, Question 2
I answered a question on medical care for the poor on 7 June 2015. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
How would the poor obtain medical care in a free society? In your May 12th, 2013 show, you discussed how EMTALA – the law that obliges emergency rooms and doctors to treat patients, regardless of ability to pay – violates the rights of doctors and results in worse care for the poor. But what is the alternative? How would the poor and indigent get medical care – if at all – in a society without government welfare programs? What if charity wasn't sufficient?
My Answer, In Brief: The health care system in America is largely a creature of byzantine government regulations and controls. A robust system of charity would be possible with a genuine free market.
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