I think you bring up an excellent point, which does not seem to be discussed enough. I personally don't know if "Universal Healthcare" is the answer, but, the corporate thieves who are running the current insurance, drug, and medical supply companies have to meet their bottom lines, which means they have to continually make a profit, but at who's expense? They are not bound by the Hippocratic Oath, nor the Nightingale Pledge. I think if somehow the greedy drug, medical supply, and insurance corporations were in some way held accountable, then things would change dramatically. I could be wrong; I am just expressing my opinion based what I know today. Lord knows I don't know everything!
I am an LPN going on only 3 years, and I have only worked in prison (I am looking for a different line of nursing) since I became an LPN. Inmates, at least in my state, New Mexico, have free access to any medical care that is deemed medically necessary. I see much of that inflated sense of entitlement that others have spoken of. It is very discouraging sometimes to know that my 72 year old Mother, who worked hard all of her life, has to wait months to get in to see her Primary Care Provider, yet, an inmate has to wait usually less than a week. As well, while I do now have health insurance (over the past 20+ years, most of the time I have not had insurance, as I could not afford it, unless an employer happened to provide it, but even then it has never been provided for free), I pay approx $50/month for a high-deductible plan which means nothing is actually covered until I fulfill the $1,300 deductible. Then my insurance kicks in. Under the recent changes in health care reform, my insurance company is required to provide preventative care free of charge, but anything else I am essentially still paying out of pocket for. Thank God I rarely need to go to the doctor!
Like I said before, I don't know if Universal Healthcare is the answer, but I don't think that leaving things the way they are is the answer, either.