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Is it cheaper to cure someone or pay them benefits?
A random silly question that has been on my mind...
In a country where there is a taxpayer-funded healthcare system alongside a benefits system, such as the UK, is it more viable for the state to treat someone who is out of work and receiving financial aid due to a (potentially) treatable long-term illness, or to keep them the way they are?
Putting aside morality. Just interested from a practical point of view.
This is something I’ve been thinking about due to my own situation and that of people I know. I (and others) desperately want to get better and work and live a normal life but I am not getting anything remotely near to the care I need.
Obviously, to cure someone who is bad enough that they are eligible to claim disability benefits is likely to cost a lot of money. We are not talking about a routine operation...
On the other hand, if someone is out of work, the government loses money twice: obviously they pay out directly on benefits and other aid, but on top of that they lose revenue from that person who could be working...
I know this is all very simple, there are of course hundreds of other considerations!!
I know the government doesn’t operate like this but a small part of me does wonder whether it has been decided that it’s just cheaper to keep certain people the way they are.
I’m not sure how this will go, I don’t want an argument, just want to hear peoples thoughts.
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