Quote from Xlorgguss
So as we enter 2016 we have a democratic candidate opting for a single payer system or rather "Medicare for all". Now whether something like this could or should pass, what would the healthcare system look like with this in place. Please note that this is not a political argument as far as democrat vs republican or anything like that. I am simply curious to see how the system would change and if the change would be better, worse, or the same. Please feel free to post your thoughts!
As with everything in life... It depends. I don't foresee a single payer system for the US healthcare in the foreseeable future. The size and power of the many parties involved with our current system will push back.
Now would a one payer system make our healthcare system better and cheaper... Maybe. It would create cost controls and standardization of costs for procedures and interventions. I dont like centralization or consolidation of powers or agencies, it ends in most of the cases in causing terrible red tape and inefficiency, and with lack of competition comes complacency. I advocate more for universal access to healthcare or health insurance , than for a one layer system.
If you want more data on one payer system i would say to check Canada's one payer system. I am not too familiar with it but it would be the perfect example of the pros and cons of what such a system would have.
But i do believe access to healthcare should be a right not a privilege, in the long run, by having everyone checked and with better health, huge costs of acute or emergency diseases could be saved. Would you rather cover the costs of a couple of checkups now, than cover the costs of many surgeries/ emergency interventions later on?