Monday, May 9, 2016

Beyond the Affordable Care Act: A Physicians' Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care Reform

What Happened
Unveiled May 5, 2016 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the Physicians for a National Health Program assert that a single-payer system is the most effective way to drive true healthcare reform. According to the paper's authors:
  
Even after full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), tens of millions of Americans will remain uninsured or only partially insured, and costs will continue to rise faster than the background inflation rate. We propose to replace the ACA with a publicly financed National Health Program (NHP) that would fully cover medical care for all Americans, while lowering costs by eliminating the profit-driven private insurance industry with its massive overhead.

Why it Matters
In the U.S. we spend far too much on healthcare with mediocre outcomes. That said, single-payer is hardly a panacea (see Still Think a Single-Payer System is Best? Read This First, Medscape -complimentary registration required). Hopefully we can come up with a uniquely American solution that cures our current ills without creating new ones.
                                                               
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