Health, welfare bot­tom­less pits

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

THERE are two great holes in the uni­verse, health and welfare. No mat­ter how much money and ef­fort you throw at them, there is al­ways more needed. If you pro­vide enough hos­pi­tal beds and staff, then, even be­fore the up­grades are in place, you need more. If you pro­vide enough pub­lic hous­ing, the out­cry is for newer and bet­ter hous­ing. The only way to stop it is to draw a line in the sand and say, “This is as far as we go, and no fur­ther, so if there is more needed, then you will pro­vide it, not us.”

In some coun­tries, peo­ple who have done noth­ing to main­tain their health and then de­velop health is­sues are given a regime they must com­plete be­fore re­ceiv­ing fur­ther care. While this seems like tough love, it makes per­fect sense. The per­son has cre­ated the prob­lem, so if the per­son fixes it, not only are they not a burden on the sys­tem, they have changed their be­hav­iour and the sys­tem can deal with the peo­ple who can­not fix them­selves. The pri­vate health sys­tem would still be there for those who want ex­tra care.

Even a lean, mean health sys­tem like this would cost far more than what we have. You put peo­ple in charge with only one agenda, to make it work. If they don’t, you take money away from them, not pay more. It will take work, money, and hard de­ci­sions from all of us, not just the politi­cians. Oh, and we have to sup­port the politi­cians that are try­ing to make it work, oth­er­wise we will get more of the same.

As for the welfare sys­tem, the fix is eas­ier. We ex­tend the help­ing hand, and if they bite it, they get one warn­ing. If they bite again, they are out. No ar­rests for drugs, no ar­rests for vi­o­lence, no burn­ing old hous­ing to get into newer hous­ing. Set a stan­dard and stick to it.

Miles C. Pit­man Dover

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