Is Single-Payer Health Care System Inevitable in US?
I’ve discussed this dilemma earlier in covering the high cost of health care in the US. In recent report of my use of single-payer health system in Germany, I shared the total out of pocket cost of toe surgery there while vacationing. The reason health costs are so reasonable is that the system isn’t based on giving health care corporations ever increasing profits and shareholders increasing stock values. Bernie Sanders raised the possibility of moving away from profit market based health care system to one that provides health care to all.
A noted American economist Robert Reich supports this structural change in delivery of health care to all U.S. citizens. Having worked in the health care industry for 40 years—in the US but also internationally—I have good understanding of the forces in the US that lobby against such a change. Market-based company power isn’t unlike that of the oil, coal and gas industry fighting against loss of their huge profits to alternative energy . Whenever there is structural change affecting where one’s bread is buttered, there is a lot of dislocation.
See Robert Reich’s recent article entitled “Why a Single-Payer Healthcare System Is Inevitable” (Aug. 24, 2016). http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/38755-why-a-single-payer-healthcare-system-is-inevitable
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· Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, August 30, 2016; Topic: “Solving Back Pain through University Partnerships with NIH, NSF, NASA, and Industry;” Speaker: Jeffrey C. Lotz, PhD, Vice Chair of Orthopaedic Research, David S. Bradford MD, Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California at San Francisco
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