john
Lv 4

Americans, do you think the US should go for a single payer system regarding health care, like England and Canada have?

Virtually all European countries have government-controlled healthcare, which its citizens pay for through their taxes.  US healthcare, although considered the best healthcare in the world, is private.

Americans on the whole have long resisted the idea of government-controlled healthcare as opposed to private healthcare.

However, US healthcare has huge problems.  Health insurance is expensive and if Obamacare is done away with (which it likely will be if Barret gets put on the Supreme Court) then millions of Americans will lose their health coverage and people with pre-existing conditions will not be able to afford coverage.  Nor will low income earners.

Then, too, 60-80% of all bankruptcies in the US are a result of huge medical bills that the family can't pay.  People's health insurance often depends on who their employer is, creating huge inequalities in coverage--and if a person suddenly loses their job as many have during Covid?  Then they lose the health insurance that goes with the job.  Many of us are afraid of going to the doctor's when we're ill or of being hospitalized because we don't know how much it's going to cost us.

Europeans, however, have the peace of mind that goes with knowing that, should they suddenly become ill or injured they won't have to worry about their medical costs.  Their medical bills will not bankrupt their families.

So what do you think?  Do you think it's time for the US to change to a single payer healthcare system?

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  • a
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    I just don't get this. "Take money away from me in my paycheck and buy insurance because I don't have the discipline to budget for it" is just odd. *The government* doesn't have *any* money of its own, only what it confiscates from its citizens.

    And yet, some are determined to copy Canada, where one an get an MRI scheduled for his dog sooner than one for himself. smh.

  • 1 month ago

    No, socializing medicine is inefficient and would lead to the problems that people in foreign countries complain about.  When I studied in Hungary, which has universal healthcare under NEAK, I had to come back to the United States for surgery because the earliest I could have mine was a year later.  Here, I got it taken care of in about a week and a half.  

    Instead of having everyone pay for exorbitant medical costs, we should be going after the hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and other medical service companies who engage in profiteering because they have market power.  

    There is no good reason my mother had to pay over $100,000 for an overnight hospital stay with an EKG because she complained of chest pains (that later turned out to be gall stones).  Nothing was actually done to her, only a two tests and monitoring!  A $10,000 bill would be too high for that.  

    Medicine should be private but subject to competitive market forces like any other product.  If not, the government needs to step in and regulate, not nationalize.

  • Amy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    "considered the best healthcare in the world"

    By who? Trump? The US ranks last among wealthy countries (western Europe, Canada, Japan, etc) in most measures of health care. Life expectancy is lower. Infant and maternal mortality rates are higher. Heart disease, diabetes, etc. are more prevalent. Complications after surgery are more common. Errors in treatment are more common.

  • 1 month ago

    Whoever pays the bills decides who gets what treatment. They ALWAYS limit care because they can't pay for everything. Single payer means COMPLETE LOSS of choice.

    Are you aware that being private is the reason US healthcare CAN be good?

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  • garry
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    even in there countries , private health care exists  , get your facts right before opening your mouth . public health care is infrior to private health care , that is why they have private health  , 2 years for knee replacement under public health and you dont choose which part you get , only the cheapest part . you only get what you pay for , a cheap tv or one that is dearer , but there all tvs . public health works if you dont mind the wait .

  • 1 month ago

    The United States has a very complicated system that encourages pharmaceutical corporations and many medical facilities to abuse it and deceive both our government and our citizens. Much of this, I believe, is due to kick-backs at all levels. What we need to do is bring ethics and honesty back into our society.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I absolutely do not want this! I am very happy with my private healthcare and America's economy would not survive if we switched to universal healthcare! Most people struggle with taxes as is and don't even have healthcare so if we add in taxes for healthcare that is mandatory more people wont be able to pax taxes

  • 1 month ago

    U.S. healthcare, is not considered the best healthcare in the world.  It is roughly equal to that of Canada or Western Europe -- except that the cost of U.S. healthcare is twice as much per person.

    It is not true that 60-80% of all bankruptcies in the US are a result of huge medical bills.  The reported statistic is what percentage of personal bankruptcies happen in families with medical bills that are large, but not necessarily huge, and not necessarily the cause of the bankruptcy.  Some of them would have gone bankrupt anyway, for other reasons.  Some went bankrupt because they couldn't work due to their health conditions, and some went bankrupt for reasons unrelated to health.  And "all" would include corporate bankruptcies, which would make the percentage much lower.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    government control of anything leads to inefficiency high costs corruption , the english NHS pays out billions every year for malpractice all hidden by NDAs it routinely kills anyone over 90( look up the liverpool pathway on yahoo search) that goes into hospital and if you need an operation you may have to wait 3 or more years , there is a waiting list for MRI appointments 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You note some fine fiscal issues.  However, philosophically, a  citizen's health, including their health care and health insurance, is the citizen's responsibility.  When we surrender that responsibility to government we also surrender a piece of our freedom.  Health care is not free anywhere, including Canada and Europe.  It is paid for with tax dollars.  Those tax dollars represent the taking of freedom.  Those tax dollars represent the empowering of government.   America was founded with the concept of massive freedom and with that freedom comes massive responsibility.  American Patriots do not want to surrender any freedom nor empower the government.

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