This question would depend on what country you live in. In Canada for instance, health care is a right.
The federal government in the 1930’s felt that it was the government’s responsibility to protect the health and well-being of its population.
Just as people have many human rights which is usually established by that particular country; the right to freedom, the right to vote, to own property, and to have legal counsel are some of the elected rights of the people in Canada.
Everyone has the right to basic health care in Canada, regardless of race, or creed; whether they are young, or old, or rich, or poor. Extra benefits depend upon the employer and what type of insurance they cover; for example if a person works at Ford Motor Company they have top notch insurance, and if hospitalized they would get either a semi-private room or a private room. In comparison, those who are not working or are on some sort of assistance such a welfare, they would be sent to a room where there are possibly three other beds and three other people.
Each providence in Canada have general guidelines laid out by the federal Canada Health Act, but despite being a provincial responsibility, the large health costs have long been partially funded by the federal government.
Approximately 75% of Canadians have some form of supplementary private health insurance; many of them receive it through their employers. While hospital stays are completely covered, there are many other avenues not covered by the government, such as medication, dental, and vision care and cosmetic surgery and some forms of elective surgery. These can however be paid from out-of-pocket or through private insurers.
Unlike our southern neighbors, the United States and its people feel that health is more of a privilege than a right, and they are willing to pay expensive fees to maintain that privilege.
There are positive and negative effects to having a health care system like this in place.
In Canada as well as in the United States, the health care issues have been in debate for as long as they have been in effect, and revised numerous times over the years. This issue of health care and how to provide it, and at what cost is a on going topic that never really gets satisfactory results.
In Canada the shortage of doctor’s and the extremely longs waits pose a major problem with this type of health care. In the United States, health care insurance is extremely expensive, and many cannot afford basic health care, and even with insurance, there is a co-pay and many other hidden costs, which substantially could put a person into a lifetime of debt.
Health care is a right or privilege depending on which country you live in, and that is usually determined by the mindset of its people.