My community textbook is unfortunately very vague in describing the difference between a single-payer system and an all-payer system. I have a good general understanding of both after browsing through the net. My question is, why hasn't the United States moved into a single payer system? Is it because we simply do not have the funds to support this system? How would this effect hospitals, medical professionals, and medical companies? Thank you all.
In my view there are several reasons.
1. America was founded with an ideal of individualism. In the day everybody had to look out for themselves. Good medical care is a very recent developement from a historical perspective.
2. Cost. Remember the Boston Tea Party. Americans have never liked paying taxes which is what supports universal health. Even with medicare how often do we hear about cutting back on benefits and if you listen you hear it a lot. With baby boomers coming into medicare 10,000 strong per day it will strain the system already in place. So think about what having everybody on board will do.
3. How much of your income are you willing to sacrafice to pay for this? It won't just be the rich paying for it. Its not like everybody pays taxes now. I've heard estimates of up to 50% do not pay any taxes so if you earn money can the government spend that money better than you can?
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Because OMG death panels.
My husband's mother is a PCP in Canada. She makes *significantly more money * than my father who is an ER doc here in the states.
Food for thought?
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