Why is it that things like going to the dentist or doctor can be charged on a “sliding scale” for low income people but other necessities don’t have this same sliding scale structure?

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Why is it that things like going to the dentist or doctor can be charged on a “sliding scale” for low income people but other necessities don’t have this same sliding scale structure?

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In most cases it’s because a charity or government grant is paying for part of the cost and will be reimbursing the people who do the work based on that scale. For foodstuff it makes more sense to use food banks and EBT.

Housing has assistance stuff but it’s certainly rarer and often less useful. This is mostly because there tends to be more opposition to it. People who own all of the housing stand to lose value if the demand is reduced. They’ll do anything to keep housing as expensive as possible.

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