If health care is considered a right, and the government provides an affordable health care system....
No one would be forced to become a doctor. I do agree with Noelle that if they are going to lower their pay, then they should lower the cost of the education. Education is another system that's badly broken, but that's a whole other topic. Also, they would still get paid. How in the hell is that slavery?
Slaves are forced to work, and don't get paid. I have no objection to paying for health coverage, but it has to be something I can afford. I don't like going to the ER and then having to go through the Welfare Office, or hospital charity. Something run by the government where premiums are based on income doesn't sound like such a horrible idea to me.
And me saying that the oath doesn't mean anything to doctors anymore may be disturbing, but it's how I feel. Don't get me wrong, I know there are those that care. My family doctor cares. But then there is the Psychiatrist that told me to keep taking a medication that was making me suicidal. There are the surgeons and specialists that let me sit and be sick and miserable until I can cough up an obscene amount of money.
I understand they need to make money, but if they cared, why can't they treat me, then bill me? Why are they so content to let me suffer? Why couldn't I possibly pay a percentage up front, then be billed for the rest? They refuse to work anything out, and I ended up not being able to eat for MONTHS, until I got a credit card with a high enough balance, which ended in bankruptcy.
I'll admit my feelings are from serious frustration. It's hard to explain what it feels like to be very sick, but not able to get any care because you're poor. The doctors don't even try to work something out with you so you can be treated. They just tell you to come back when you have insurance; which is pretty much impossible because no one wants to cover a pre-existing condition even if you do find something you can afford short term. Can someone explain to me how that's doing no harm? That Psychiatrist seriously needs his license yanked...
While some doctors care, others drive flashy sports cars, don't understand why you can't afford insurance on Social Security, and treat you like a piece of trash that's wasting their time. Sadly, I run into those that don't care more than those that do.