Agreed, the basics should be collectively provided to every individual.
Everyone has many things to learn/receive from everyone, and few things to teach/give to all.
I don't know enough about not for profit agencies to know. I know that profit driven medical businesses get out of hand as they are run currently. So, the question is, can profit based businesses be restructured to provide quality, economical healthcare, or would a not for profit setting make affordable healthcare possible.
Not in the US and especially not when we have a critical shortage of physicians specializing in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, or even just a plain ol' general practice.
We're averaging barely 1% of our medical doctors pursuing these areas, the ones the US needs the most, because all of the rest get paid substantially better in areas such as cosmetic surgery. Elective work like that are not, in general, covered by insurance and so the doctors are getting paid thousands of dollars directly. Even if they finance, they sell the loans off and make their money that way. Little Sue or Timmy with bronchitis... well the doctor can't, and probably won't, be charging thousands of dollars to cure.
So even if we switched to a purely non-profit medical system, we wouldn't have enough doctors, and probably not the necessary supportive staff either, to make it work. In our capitalist economy, the majority favor whatever profession brings in the big bucks.
I read this article a couple weeks ago:
Looks like Vermont is following a decent path. Don't listen to fox news. Canada's health care isn't perfect, but it's a step in the right direction.
The VA system is a model that works and provides good quality health care. After using the VA and the private sector health care, I think the VA is better. I think one of the reasons is the VA is not in bed with the drug companies. There you always get the cheapest drug or treatment. I think sometimes doctors are influenced or even paid by drug companies to prescribe medications which are much more expensive than what's actually needed. I think drug companies have way too much influence on the health care industry and the administrators are weigh over paid compared to their actual work. If you go to a hospital parking lot and find the nicest car, more often than not it belongs to an administrator not the best surgeon.
I'm tired so this may seem unimportant, but the VA is loads clearer than private sector hospitals. I don't feel like I'm going to come home from the VA with a staff infection which is always a good feeling. I don't need to ask when was the last time the floors were cleaned, because I can smell the disinfectant and see the workers cleaning. I hate taking my kids to the doctor's office because they always come home sick from whatever the other kids had there. I haven't had that experience with the VA. The VA is usually very clean. They have hand sanitizer and masks available all over the place. It just seems like we could save a lot on health care if the facilities were actually simply much cleaner.