Advocates for a national health care system make it sound so simple, so easily affordable, even that it is already being paid for with our current disjointed non-system.
The answer to our health care crisis is clear. We propose a publicly financed, non-profit single-payer national health program that would fully cover medical care for all Americans.Physicians for a National Health Program
National health spending continues to grow at a rapid clip, year after year after year, with the latest figures from 2019 showing a 4.7% increase from 2018, to $3.8 trillion. That’s more than enough to finance all medically necessary care for every U.S. resident while totally eliminating out-of-pocket spending.https://pnhp.org/financing-a-single-payer-national-health-program/
- What we need is universal coverage and a single insurance system to pay bills, we don’t need universal/government run health care
- We need the ability to obtain care anywhere in the US with all our records easily accessible to any health care provider we choose
- We DO NOT need a system that eliminates all out-of-pocket costs
- We need a system that is fairly and openly paid for through a combination of taxes on workers and employers, income based premiums and reasonable out-of-pocket costs
- We need to set reasonable expectations which is not now the case
The idea that the current total spending on health care can somehow be diverted to provide free total health care is ridiculous. Keep in mind there will still be administrative functions and costs, there will be increased demand – a lot of it. Every entity working directly or indirectly for government to make such a system work will be earning a profit. Most of all note the key words medically necessary as they are significant and widely misunderstood. Finally, all estimates for a M4A type system assume health care providers will be compensated at Medicare rates which are 20-30% lower than what the private sector pays today. That is a very significant change and nobody knows the consequences.