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Public health: why level it down?

Small conclusions about the results of the surveys on whether health should be free for immigrants or not.

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Last month, attentive to an important controversy that aroused in our country, from Ser Argentino we did a survey  asking our readers if they thought that foreigners should receive free medical care in the national territory or not.  The survey had two channels: the web and the  Facebook fan page. In the first case he won the NO with 75% and in the second (it is seen that in networks we are more radical), he also won the NO, but by 87%.

One of the editors of Ser Argentino, demonstrating our commitment to trying to give space to all voices, asked me to write a note with the conclusions he came to knowing the results. What I think of the topic is clear (you can read what I wrote  here ,  here and  here ), so I'm going to take the opportunity to not repeat myself and analyze it from a new point of view.

Actually, I'm not going to lie to you, I know several people who would agree with the results of the surveys and   skips their vein from their forehead if they hear that there is a Paraguayan attending the Fernandez Hospital.  When I ask them why they think they think that way, the most common answer is “because outside they charge us everything.” While that argument  has already been disputed  in one of the notes I just linked to them, let's take it. Suppose (suppose, I'm not saying that so, I only use it as a premise of reasoning) that many of the countries in the world do not cover the medical expenses of foreigners (legal or not). Okay. Why does that lead us to think we should act the same?

Now, by professional deformation (or dry deformation), I'm going to use a tool that I usually use in this kind of discussion: the everyday example. My partner doesn't fill the water bottles or put them in the fridge. Take out the cold bottle, take it, and leave it outside. If it remains contained, it leaves it half full. If it took to the end, it's empty. Point. We talked about it many times, I mentioned it on countless occasions (in all kinds of tones) and the theme does not change. Faced with that, since I am very much in love with her and this question is not enough for me to diminished my love, I find  myself facing two possible answers: either I fill them and put them in the fridge or I join her attitude and I don't either.  Now, I think they should go in the fridge (and, as far as possible, with some content). So, if my decision were to imitate it, not only would I be betraying me (and being who I don't want to be) but, moreover, I would run out of cold water too. Not only is it not a satisfactory solution, but it makes the problem even worse: now no one has water.

Let's go back to the issue of public health.  I think most of you should think that health is a human right and as such should be public throughout the planet to any human being who needs it.  Health is not governed by the logic of other types of benefits that can be “abused”: one goes to the doctor when you need it, not “because it is free.” No one takes out the gallbladder because the intervention is included in the PMO. The one who takes it out is because he has no choice. So, I think we agree that  no one is going to be “abused” the health system in any country.  Recapitulating, if we think it would have  to be free , should we stop offering the benefit because the neighbor doesn't? Isn't that a way to make the whole planet a worse place? In many respects Argentina is a model country. Not in many, of course. But in many yes. Let's not level it down. Please. Let us contribute, as a nation, to make the world a little less hostile. A little bit, even if it is.

Publication Date: 16/03/2019

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