Debunking Meme's against single payer

  1. http://pnhp.org/facts/myths_memes.pdf Has an excellent discussion about the case for single payer in the US.

    Best arguments:
    NO uninsured
    Equity of care
    Cost containment
    Increased emphasis on primary and preventive care.

    A Canadian journalists comments about access: Canada's health care lauded by one who knows | www.azstarnet.com ®
    The waiting times for some procedures are longer in Canada than in the United States, but this problem is being actively tackled by the government in the wake of a Canada Supreme Court decision that "access to a waiting list is not access to health care." However, the decision did not abolish the one-payer system — in fact, it reinforced it by giving the Quebec government, which was the chief object of the lawsuit, 12 months to remedy the situation.
    As a result, Quebec is working hard to catch up with the rest of Canada. The average wait for a hip replacement has been reduced to four to five weeks, and knee replacements usually take six to seven weeks. This may still be too long, but if you happen to be one of the 40 million uninsured Americans, you might have to wait forever.
    Last edit by HM2VikingRN on Jan 9, '07
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