Q: Is free healthcare a human right?
Q: What if nobody wants to become a doctor?
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Q: Should healthcare be profit-driven?
A: Of course not!
Q: So doctors must live at subsistence level, even denied enough salary to save for a rainy day, a nice vacation, or retirement?
A: Don't be silly! Of course doctors should be well-paid! They're valuable to society!
Q: How can that be accomplished, if their offices, or the clinics or hospitals they work at, can't turn a profit?
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Q: Should drugs be regulated for safety?
A: Of course!
Q: Who should regulate them?
A: The government.
Q: Because drug companies want to kill their customers?
A: You never know. Corporations can't be trusted, or they'll make mistakes.
Q: But government regulators can't be wrong?
A: Well, yes they can, but they're working for the public interest, not for profit.
Q: But when the government scientists are wrong, can consumers boycott that government and choose another one?
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Q: Are drug prices too high?
Q: Should the government control their prices?
Q: So what if the government sets a prices so low that drug companies stop making them?
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Q: Should healthcare become more affordable?
Q: Should doctors be licensed?
A: Yes, of course! Are you crazy?
Q: Does licensing restrict the supply of doctors?
A: Well, yes, but licensing makes sure that they're good doctors.
Q: But if there are fewer doctors, they have less competition, correct?
Q: Less competition means higher prices, correct?
A: Well, yes.
Q: So you don't really want prices to go down, do you? You prefer the safety in the knowledge that the doctors we do have are competent?
A: I guess so...
Q: So it turns out that maybe it's worth the high price, if the doctors are good?
Q: And we should keep the licensing requirements?
Q: So it's better that a poor, underserved community has no doctor at all than an unlicensed one?