WORLD BUILDING JUNE EPISODE 17: MEDICINE
In Verdamt it’s heavily privatized, expensive, and it sucks. The regulations for doctors? They suck and aren’t enforced well. Because of the deficit of doctors, they’re not too picky about licensing people who have only minor medical knowledge, especially in more rural or poor areas. Mental healthcare? HA, go fuck yourself. This is the apocalyptic free market, baby. ~Only the strong survive.~
In Institute territory, they have
socialized medicine KINDA. In practice though it’s more like “if
you do what we want you get healthcare, if you don’t, you’re on your
own.” Children/students have their healthcare needs taken care of,
but if you want that coverage to continue into adulthood/post graduation, you have to
continue doing the work assigned to you. If you want to do something
else, you can, but they will no longer subsidize you and you’ll be on
your own for healthcare AND you still get taxed.
Their mental healthcare is a cut above Verdamt’s, but if you’re a psionic (which most of them are, of course), help comes with tons and tons of potentially career ruining stigma. Being a psionic who “demonstrates mental instability” will give you a ticket straight to a mandatory inpatient program and will leave a black mark on your record as a potential “hazard”, so there’s a huge trend of hiding mental illness among psionics. As a result a lot of psionics with mental health problems end up going to Verdamt for its meager mental healthcare, so psionics get landed with the same problems as Verdamt citizens on that front and thusly can go fuck themselves too.