Slate reports on the economic incentives that hospitals have to shaft the poor.
The current problem with our health care system is thus: The system is designed around profitability. There's no profit in treating people who have little to no money.
Our system is also designed to reward doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies.
This begs the question: At whose expense?
Well, at the expense of those least capable of paying.
Our system is in dire need of overhaul. The doctors will fight it along with insurance companies and hospitals.
We have a moral obligation to treat everyone fairly instead of just those with the means to afford insurance or health care.
Personally, I think we should have a system that provides basic coverage for all, funded by government run insurance. This would allow better preventative care and reduce reliance of E.R. care by those without coverage or means.
The cost-benefit analysis bears this out when you compare the actual cost of care in countries with some form of socialized health insurance (not the same as socialized medicine).
The final dilemma is this: Is it moral to reward doctors, hospitals and insurance companies at the expense of the poor? Or, is it moral to treat everyone fairly?