Right, The duchess here, and I'm curious to know what people's opinions are on universal healthcare, the idea that healthcare should be provided to anyone who needs it. (more or less) Now this is not to have a go at health insurance and those who buy it, if I could afford it, I would go privately with Bupa for example. But I see no reason as to why people should be denied basic treatment because they cannot afford it. Having money shouldn't decide who lives and dies. I also support it as a lot of countries with universal healthcare tend to have higher life expectancy and lower infant mortality rate than those without UHC. Using the US as an example which does not have UHC and yet has a lower life expectancy that other countries that do have it. https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat.../2102rank.html
I know that not all countries above the US have UHC, but a lot of them do, and I also realize that are likely to be confounding variables involving the US in particular given the rather ruthless nature of the insurers, and the inefficiency of the system itself ( U.S. scores dead last again in healthcare study | Reuters ) and denying because of pre-existing conditions for example although Obama's legislation may curb that. But in a nutshell I believe that UHC is essential in a modern society today, but that insurance companies should be available to people who want it.
So with that hopefully made fairly clear I wonder what you lovely people all think.