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 The Canadian Utilitarian 

the party committed to utilitarianism

Healthcare

Adopting moderate social policy (MSP) is not just about making life easier. Moderatism makes sense because it is the key to progress. Moderatism and moderation allows us to make the best use of what is available. Moderate health care is not just about the standard of care we can provide it is the effectiveness with which all the health care tools are wielded. But there is still more, Moderate health care policy is about making the entire community more productive and more effective not just more well.

A sick person is a wasted person. Sickness is a social cost that must be vigorously eliminated and selected against. The community is not a healthy body if a third of the body is sick and dysfunctional. Unsafe and unhealthy environments create costs for everyone, not just the sick. Illness is in fact a sign society has failed to exercise its collective responsibility towards its members. Sick people do not contribute as much value as they would if they were healthy. Sickness is a removable social cost. Sickness benefits no one.

Moderate health care policy is guided by a pre-emptive approach. The community benefits when it transitions from treating sick people to maintaining people in good health. Moderate Healthcare Policy (MHCP) works to put power into the hands of the patient. Moderate Health Care focuses on assisting people, so they can avoid getting sick. 

​Healthcare is implemented using a team-based approach in which all stakeholders participate. We must all work together to implement policy that works to maintain all persons in optimal health, since we are all impacted in a negative way by the ill-health of members.

The objective is to look at health care costs as an expense of the community for which we all pay to some degree. If the community spends $30 million on health then from the perspective of the community this is $30 million not going to schools, transportation or economic development. There is a strong initiative to reduce healthcare costs. If healthcare costs are reduced 30% the savings go to the community. There is no benefit to anyone to create or absorb unnecessary healthcare costs so the community all cooperates in reducing costs. Would anyone create excessive healthcare costs when any savings created could be, for example, applied to building a new sports stadium?