Steve's Universal Healthcare System

In the teeth of my recent statements about making policy suggestions and how I shouldn't do it, I'm going to do it.

Steve's Universal Healthcare System:

1) Everyone who walks into the doors of a hospital gets treated. No exceptions, no refusals for any reason. Humans in need get treatment and care, where 'treatment and care' is acknowledged to mean 'any medical service, operation, or prescription recommended and offered by licensed medical staff.'

2) Medical staff are paid a flat, relatively generous rate, and institutions receive bonus pay graded on a curve of number of patients / outcome. At varying levels of veterancy, outstanding medical school loans are forgiven on a gradiated basis.

3) Becoming member of a medical staff in this system requires submitting a signed and binding statement that the medical practitioner will provide all medical services offered by the system, essentially waiving the right to "conscientious refusal" and accepting that medical boards and ethics committees are to be trusted to decide whether a procedure should take place.

4) The system is paid for through a combination of corporate and citizen taxation, favoring corporate net-profit taxes, capital gains taxes, and property taxes. Funds are distributed according to density of need, with no regard to the origin of funds. (i.e. a high-medical-traffic, low-wealth neighborhood or rural community hospital will be "paid for" by high-wealth, low-medical-traffic communities.) With the general elimination of the need for medical/health insurance, the money otherwise spent on insurance will be available within the flow of the economy again, and thus be redirected away from private, profit-based incentives, thus ensuring that no business can directly profit from human suffering and the inelastic human need for medical care.

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