The following is a guest opinion by Guardian Reader Elaine Hirsch ( Eline currently writes for a medical transcription resource) January 21, 2012:
For some, giving disabled people access to health care for little or no cost constitutes the deliverance of a basic human right. The Markula Center for Ethics at Santa Clara University in California argues that offering public health care constitutes providing for "the common good" and states public access to affordable health care as a right alongside other rights, such as, a just legal and political system. The British Medical Journal, on the other hand, argues an intolerable burden on medical professionals, governments and taxpayers. that basic health care is difficult to define, and calling health care a "human right" places
Doctors, caregivers and medical experts argue that cutting payments for mental health patients will make keeping them in private homes impossible. Cuts will force many patients into public institutions.
A tough economy with limited funding options makes it difficult to do more with less funding for these programs.