Single Payer – Not Quite Socialism

A small distinction and a follow-up to the last post. Socialized medicine is a tainted, tainted word. It’s the label that is the death nail to any reform proposal, but few understand what socialized medicine is. A single payer system, which is usually equated to socialized medicine, has some slight, but important distinctions. A single payer system only demands that the government replaces the role of insurance companies, not that all health care workers become governmental employees. So if you like your insurance company then let’s speak their praises, but for those 45 million who insurance companies avoid like a kid avoids brussel sprouts then read on. Or for those of you who have been denied payment, waited on hold to get pre-approval, or fought for coverage than read on. What I want to point out is that the fears that have been ingrained in all of us concerning single payer system already exist in today’s system. What are the positives of a single payer system? They start with lower overhead, decreased marketing costs, reduction of redundant care, and possibly a decrease in medical errors. I will have more to say on this, but let’s please not dismiss a single payer system as socialized medicine. It’s a more complicated issue than this label allows.

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One response to “Single Payer – Not Quite Socialism

  1. I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress as I feel it is more intuitive, but in doing so I lost my first precious comment. So I am pasting it here. It was posted my Dad, Dale Pauls:

    I’d be interested in your thinking on pre-existing conditions, the current protocols for insurance coverage, their rationales, and possible improvements.

    I’m also wondering what you might think of government vouchers for health insurance (adjusted for gender, age, region of the country, etc.)and then letting free market principles take over.

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