This post is in reaction to a great article written by Steve at Brip Blap about how it would be wonderful to not have to save for retirement and health care. While this idea sounds incredibly nice at first, it could end up into a real nightmare over the long run. Some say I have the chance of living in a place where several services are free or almost free. In
We also have 7$/day daycares and it cost about $3000 per year to go to University (college for the states I guess).
Sounds like paradise, isn’t? In fact, it was 20 years. We had one of the most advanced and effective health care system and on top of that, it was free. Our school system was highly rated and the economy was simply booming. This was the good life the baby boomers had.
Theses days, the picture frame is starting to rust and most free systems are falling apart. Our health care structure is abusing almost 50% of the government budget and it is still inefficient. People are waiting about 4 hours in a clinic and over 12 hours at the hospital. I don’t even want to go in the surgical area as you might wait for more than a year in several cases.
Private clinics are starting to grow in a highly debated situation. The unions don’t want to hear about them and try to scare the population away. On the other side, people that can afford additional fees in order to get treated right away have the option.
The truth is that a part of the population abuses from these almost free services. Kids go to school just to pretend they do something, parents that stay at home send their children to daycare and some people go to see a doctor not because they are ill but because they want to see someone (don’t they create Tim Horton’s for that?).
On the other side, these organizations are not managed properly as they are handled by government employees who have no sense of competition or effectiveness. We saw in our economy classes that the worst thing that can happen to a market is to have a monopoly.
If people would simply have to pay a small amount to go see the doctor and pay realistic fees to go to school, we would save more money and buy less plasma tv’s. I am under the impression that some priorities came from savings to buying a bigger house, bigger car, bigger boat…
I am a big believer of the accountability of the human beings. If they always rely on others to pay for their retirement or their health care system, they will never get responsible and simply spend more money. Stop asking what the government can do to help you and start thinking about what you can do to help yourself!
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