You also forgot shriner's hospitals and the VA hospital system for "free care". However, all of the organizations are not truly "free", conditions are placed on anyone wanting to use these examples. You must be a child with certain conditions to qualify for "free" care in most of the places you listed. The closest is patch adams' gesundheit institute that requires/requests in-kind donations for care. "Free" is in quotes above because sombody is paying the bills (facility, physician, nursing, pharmacy, etc.) in every organization you have listed, usually generous donations from people who are working hard for the money they give.
Quality Healthcare has never
been free. Kyrsha is right. Even in countries that allow access to all, costs are paid for by the respective societies in which they exist and services are denied on a more frequent basis than in the US. Care without compensation is a utopian dream that has never existed. I am all for helping my fellow man, I volunteer frequently, BUT I also have a family to feed. My services are valuable, as are yours. The problem with the healthcare system is that too many people expect services as an entitlement. I think if one is blessed enough to give they should, but don't make
me pay for the three hundred pound,heroin addicted, type 2 DM going in for his third CABG (on disability for extreme obesity).
DTCC- while I know you have not yet experienced the full wonder of the current medical system. The reality of it is this- it is broken from overuse-(see above example). You want money to pay for people in psych treatment? Deny care to the trauma patient who just killed a family of four after having "2 beers". Simple solution which will not sit well with some of my peers. (Disclaimer- yes I know it is unethical, but be intellectually honest- the money saved would easily pay for three months of inpatient psych.)
And now.... Let the flames begin.