I'm not saying hospitals and doctors should not be paid for their services. I just believe their services should be available to all through government sponsored programs. There are programs to feed the needy, but more and more Americans are being denied proper health care daily due to uncontrollable circumstances.
In my experience there is a perversity that occurs in our system. Medicaid is the prime example, and the military system is similar. These groups pay nothing toward their health care and have essentially open access to emergency services without fear of penalty. I find that these patients use the ER much more frequently (makes sense). But, they also demand the most care while there. They want every blood test. They want an MRI when they twist their knee. Generalizing, they are much more demanding than patients with private insurance. Even when the private insured patient has no new out of pocket costs for care, they don't demand in the same fashion. I believe there is a psychological reason for this. When something important like health care becomes a free entitlement, the desire to utilize to its fullest extent is increased. People negotiate services, people demand rights.
I hate the problem of the uninsured more than you do. It impacts me every single day. But, there is no easy solution. I feel the best would involve:
Get rid of the employer-based insurance system.
Get rid of Medicare and medicaid.
Have the government offer or pay for insurance coverage for everyone that cannot afford it. It would consist of complete coverage for preventive services and catastrophic coverage only. That would be low cost but still cover critical needs.
More inclusive insurance could be offered only in the private sector.