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Is Healthcare A Right?

kgsnccc Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 6:37 PM
What we call "Health Care" is a fairly recent and very costly invention of man -- a technological invention. How can there be a natural "right" to a technical invention that didn't exist throughout most of history, or existed in a form that did more harm than good. Two hundred years ago would you have had a "right" to be bled with leeches? Let's hope not. I wouldn't call it a "privilege" either. Countries that want to provide it might call it a "benefit," but then it's an option and not something required of any nation.
Dr_Zinj Wrote: Dec 10, 2012 3:00 PM
Used to be all you had to do was bring the local shaman a deer, or turkey, or basket of corn for him to treat your kid. You went hungry that week.

Often when someone nears the end of life, they begin to contemplate their lives and recognize that of all the things they've accumulated, all the accolades that have been bestowed upon them, nothing is as valuable as life itself: there is nothing that should be protected more than life itself. But if it's the most valuable thing we possess, whose responsibility is it to protect it? Is it the responsibility of the individual that possesses it? Is it the responsibility of the society in which that individual is a constituent? The answer most likely lies somewhere between those two choices.