Over at the Kitchen, the Devil posts on the issue of GPs and how they appear institutionalised by the NHS.
I blurt out the following:
In the far east, good doctors with a vocation to the art have thriving private practices charging top whack and then they do additional out of hours "freebie" or near as damn it low cost work for those who cannot afford it.
The giver decides who gets their charity. The asker decides if they are able to pay the going rate or should they, must they, go to the other sessions. The wealthy pay and have the dignity not to sponge. The poor have dignity too, knowing that even the charity sessions are already quite expensive for them and feel glad and respect the doctors who take time to help them - the act of charity is a way of doctors giving respect to the poor, valuing their health and welfare. Doctors are held in high esteem by ALL sections - rich or poor. They both know the doctor is a valued resource and they are fortunate to get a chance to visit them.
It is all about connecting the giver to the receiver. Of course, Socialists cannot stand the idea that someone gives charity when they choose (how DARE they!) or that people ask for it when truly in need (how "demeaning"!) - they prefer the middle classes to be forced like indentured servants to toil away paying for it all while the poor are dependent and "grateful"*. Socialism hates connecting giver and receiver, as it wants to be the one handing over the cash, the benefits, the keys, the treatment, the charity. IT wants to put itself between every person, every soul, teacher and pupil, doctor and patient and now we see even between parent and child.
God I hate Socialism - it is so inhuman.
* fat chance - something given for free by right is rarely received with gratitude but is eventually snatched out of the hand with contempt. Why? The disconnection, of course.