As more public policy attention turns to affordable health care, especially by conservative and free-market oriented public policy groups, less attention is given to authentic charity care. Totally missing from discussions of health care policy is how authentic charity care might help us to create lasting solutions.
By authentic charity care we mean a charitable system of health care that consists of individuals and institutions voluntarily giving of their time and resources to provide health care for those who need it.
The failure to include authentic charity care in this debate limits our policy options drastically. It forces civil society to meet the basic needs of the poor among them through the coercive taxing power of the state and, in so doing, among several other things, deprives individuals of the transcendent rewards that come from voluntary service.
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