What is it ?………a national health insurance system ( MEDICARE FOR ALL ) where a single public agency organizes health care financing. The delivery of heath care remains in private hands. Under this system all people in the country would be covered for all medically necessary services. (i.e.) doctor, hospital, preventative, long-term care, mental health, reproductive health care, dental, vision, prescriptions, medical supply costs.
It would be funded from the savings obtained from replacing the inefficient, PROFIT ORIENTED, multiple insurance payer system , a simple small tax based on ability to pay. Doctors would regain autonomy over patient care.
The problem with our current system is that it is financed by a complicated system of multiple payers both private and governmental health insurance. They have high administrative costs past onto the patients bill.
From the Harvard Health Publications of the Harvard Medical School……” major obstacles to adopting Medicare- for- all are political, rather than actual practical problems within the single payer system structure.
Countries like Canada, United Kingdom, Japan have a single payer system. If the politicians would put down their shields of party and look at this problem with clear bi-partisan eyes they could cobble together a system that would be efficient and less costly.
They, the politicians, in the last attempt to fix it excluded themselves from their solution for “US”
We must fix this problem before we are swallowed up by by higher and higher costs that will soon make GOOD HEALTH only affordable to the wealthy!