Myron Glick writes for Plough Magazine about his experience as a doctor working in an unjust medical system. He relates a disturbing anecdote about a patient who dies after not getting regular care for his serious symptoms due to a lack of insurance. He then adds more stories of individuals who slip through the cracks because they can’t get insured.
Access to health care is a basic human right. In my own medical practice, providing excellent care to every person regardless of their ability to pay flows from my belief that we are all created in the image of God. If we truly love our neighbor, and if we do to others as we would have them do to us, we will design a system of care where everyone gets the care they need, when they need it, no matter what. This is a moral issue. If we believe all people have intrinsic worth as human beings, we should provide universal access to quality medical care.
We need more comprehensive healthcare options in the U.S. It is a moral imperative, especially for those of us who are Christian. Jesus came to heal and we are commanded to follow His example.