I asked this question in one of the threads on healthcare. I don't expect it to be answered primarily I think because the thread has gone beyond that question. So I'll ask it in this thread. Should health care be a commodity? Just some ideas rather than leaving it for others to try and work out. In western economies (by that I mean the mixed economies that we have) we allow market forces (to a greater or lesser degree) to regulate scarce commodities. The laws of supply and demand separately but in conjunctionn with one another do a quite remarkable job of making sure we have what we need and what we want (and even what we don't need but just have to have - provided we can afford it). We have made food a commodity. In our earlier societies food wasn't a commodity, it was something you did for yourself. Sure you might barter but food of itself was available to all who could grow it or hunt it or gather it. Now we usually toddle down to Safeway to buy our food commodity. But even though it's a commodity we won't allow people to starve. We give them food or we give them money (or negotiable instruments) so that they can buy food to avoid starvation. I think we'd agree that not allowing our fellow citizens to starve is a good thing. Having said that we also may agree that if they want fillet steak they can get it themselves. Following that line of thought, should health care be a commodity? Is that the best way of regulating its provision?