If only there was some way to solve this problem:
People struggling with headaches, toothaches, and even feelings of loneliness are calling 911 -- often several times a day.
This chronic abuse is overwhelming what industry experts call the 911 "safety net" system. It's also wasting what could add up to billions of dollars every year, paid ultimately through higher taxes and medical fees.
This costly problem has gone unnoticed in the current debate on health care reform.
Oh wait; there is a way to efficiently allocate scarce resources: it’s called the free market. In the free market, people bear the direct costs of that which they consume, instead of offloading the costs onto a third party. While this might seem heartless, it’s actually better in the long run because it ensures that valuable resources—like emergency help lines—are given to people who have a substantial need for them instead of being given to someone who is, say, “suffering” from a cold.
Now, there are probably some who might object that deserving people may fall through the cracks. This is a rather insulting objection, though, as it presupposes that everyone is as uncharitable as the average leftist. The reality of the situation is that there will likely be some form of charity provided to poor people who are truly in need of emergency consultations. Of course, this charity will undoubtedly be provided for by those who defend the free market, and not by the socialists who want the government to provide for everyone’s needs, even if that means letting people suffering from the sniffles waste everyone’s time by tying up emergency help lines.