Monday, November 26, 2012

"free" doesn't mean free

Says the doctor about Obamacare: "Free" has its price.

Obama was right in stating you can keep your doctor if you want to — the problem is he or she will rarely be available.


I have received interesting responses from my patients since I put up the notice [about Obamacare's policies]. Almost all are supportive and totally understand. The very few who complain? The same patients who always ask for free samples, who always complain that we do not validate parking. These are also the same patients who call my office and ask for free samples even when they are not even being seen.

A lot of people seem convinced that "free" services are possible and should be made available. They keep forgetting that these "free" services come out of everyone's taxes. Since not everyone is sick at the same time, this means that the many are constantly paying for the health care of the few. The same goes for public transportation and other public services. To call these services "free" is to reveal a facile understanding of the flow of money.


1 comment:

John said...

Ah, but if it is other people's money, that makes it free for you, right? And seeing as how 47% of the population essentially pays no federal tax, well it's a pretty damn good deal. Except for those of us who do pay taxes.