There are two problems we keep hearing about.
The first is the shambolic state our health service is in. Hospitals are overcrowded, under resourced and frankly are in a state of complete meltdown. The gubmint keeps throwing money into the bottomless pit and the situation grows worse by the day.
The second is the myth of the "burden" placed on the health service by all those people who enjoy a politically incorrect lifestyle – the smokers, the obese and the drinkers.
The gubmint in its infinite wisdom is compounding the mess by trying to introduce "free" healthcare for all. They have already introduced "free" GP visits to everyone under six and over seventy, and this is quite naturally adding to the costs and increasing waiting times in surgeries.
As I have mentioned once or twice before, there is no such thing as "free" healthcare. Someone has to pay, and that us of course, the taxpayer. So five year old Johnny is wasting half an hour of his doctor's time with his sniffles and I am footing the bill. Add in the seven to twelve years olds [as they are planning] and the burden increases, not only on the doctors but on my tax bill.
The is a very simple solution that would go a long way to fixing the whole mess.
Scrap the notion of free healthcare.
I am not suggesting that the whole enterprise should be run as a private concern. There are few who could afford a hip replacement or heart bypass without some kind of financial help, so there has to be some kind of system where the likes of operations are subsidised.
Set up a system where taxes fund a portion of all healthcare. Any and every patient then has to take care of the rest. That way, those of us who are healthy merely pay the tax while those of us suffering from mythical "lifestyle diseases" would pay considerably more.
But what about those who can't afford to pay their portion? No problem. There is already a Medical Card system in place where those below a certain income, or who have a long term illness get free medical care.
There are two great advantages to this system. First and foremost it would stop the time wasters. Why should I wait in the waiting room while some five year old takes up the doctor's time for a trivial ailment? I am paying for their visit yet the kid's parents could be on twenty times my income? Is that fair and reasonable? When people get a service they perceive as free, they will abuse that system to the hilt.
The second is that this myth of lifestyles causing a "burden" on the health service will forever be scotched. In the event of someone causing themselves a damage, then they are the ones who will pay extra. The health system will act as its own "sin tax".
Just a thought.
Maybe I'll mention it to the next canvasser who calls to the door.
If I haven't killed him first.