Yesterday I wrote on how Education has confirmed its role in our societies due to Covid-19, today I will talk about a more obvious sector: healthcare.
Covid-19 has confronted with the crucial role of health care. In these five articles I take you over five questions we have to ask about health care for the post-Corona world.
- Must governments invest in Health Care?
- Is Health a Marketable Good?
- Does health care reward in the long-term, other than in terms of money?
- Do we need a globalised health care system, such as the World Health Organisation?
- Are health care workers heroes?
Must governments invest in Health Care?
They are standing on the balconies, applauding loud into the darkness of the winterish evenings. The American Wave spreads over various countries during Covid-19. While the invisible enemy was fought, the audience applauded for its soldiers. If Covid-19 taught us anything, it was to thank our health care workers and feel the urgency of a dedicated health care system.
In the upcoming five articles, I’ll post five questions that must be answered in a post-Corona world. Today: must governments invest in national healthcare?
The relief was huge when US’ President Obama finally managed to get Obamacare approved on March 23, 2010. It was a promising battle of Obama’s term, but it would be the first battle of his successor President Trump, who promised to get rid of Obamacare as soon as he would take office. The entire set or rules and laws was stripped, tweaked and merged with other laws, eventually to bring Obama’s battle back to start.
Obamacare was about more than intending to bring an affordable health care system to all North-Americans.
It was a symbolic battle about how far-reaching the government’s involvement could reach in the functioning of a libertarian state.
In the last few months this fight gained even more meaning. In the last months solely, 93,806 thousand Americans lost their lives due Covid-19. Field hospitals emerged even in Central Park in New York City and Tesla’s factory amongst others produced breathing equipment rather than luxury goods.
The US wasn’t the only country that had to outweigh the balance of Covid-19 cases with hospital beds.
On the wave of increasing capitalism, many countries have seen government investments in hospitals decreasing over the last years. The profits of the health care sector might be extremely low or non-existent all together, hence in a capitalist’s eyes, healthcare is not a sector to invest in.
Yet, in these skinned public health care facilities, pressure on staff and logistics goes up, while services go down. In some countries the waiting lists for certain medical actions are so long that many patients don’t even make it to the date of the surgery. In other cases, the hospitals lack the means for decent treatment, or the staff to execute it.
Public Health Care Facilitator
Not only the US might have to put Obamacare back on the table, other countries will have to discuss again if and how far governments must invest in national health care systems, or at least what could be their role as public health care facilitator.
Unfortunately, there are cases in which the governments falsely claim to provide public health care, while taking public means out of the system and putting them in officials’ pockets. Corruption has caused many deaths in many countries.
In a country in Central America the Minister of Health care saved money on public expenses by replacing the real medication with fake medication a couple of years ago. While she took the money, she took many lives with her. Unfortunately, she never was accused of murder. Justice never happened. Even more unfortunate: this is not the only case.
Meaning to the Meaningless Deaths
Therefore, for the people who unnecessary died because of not having access to affordable, accessible and reliable health care, let’s not let this crisis go to waste. Let’s give meaning to the meaningless deaths by rethinking the need of health care and the role governments play.
If the Great War ended saying ‘No more War’, let’s end Covid-19 saying ‘No more meaningless deaths’.
This article is part of the series of Hope in Times of Corona. Read
- how this times of self-isolation should not mean loneliness,
- how you can contribute to this battle,
- how gratitude lights up the dark,
- how united we will stand strong
- on the most util strategy in awake of a crisis
- how I got blown of my feet as well, but caught by many caring hands,
- how being calm can get us through the storm.
- about Love in Times of Corona
- how to discover your own talents
- why we need stories to hold on to
- how you can be creative and innovative.
- how to spend your mot valuable assets in times of Corona.
- how to listen to the sound of silence.
- How breate taking Corona really is.
- discover the other freedoms Corona has shown us,
- about the new-born freedom Corona gave us.
- about another way to exceed your personal bubble.
- about the position of nature in this entire story
- about nature bouncing back
- about the crucial choice between resilience and resistance
- about the game to play
- about star gazing in dark times
- About looking for Meaning
- about what Easter and Corona have in Common
- About the Shark and the Turtle
- About the Irony of Distance
- Why to Hold on
- Fake News
- about The Big Unknown we live at
- about Feeling Alive
- about what the Birthday of my nephew learned me about life
- About where we should go from here?
- About the Great War and the Great Pandemic, and we should not forget
- about history’s most important message, echoed by corona
- How one country could rule them all
- About how to prevent the next Green Pandemic
- about how we are experiencing a new episode of our history books
- masks off, how a friend in need is a friend indeed
- What’s Next. after we flattened the curve?
- how will our personal story look like in a post-corona world?
- why we should never let a good crisis go too waste.
- How Spring can happen in Autumn
- How to unlock the lockdown
- Why education matters
Or wait until tomorrow, when I’ll shine another light on yet another positive corner of this dark times.