Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Single-payer national health insurance.

This week's JAMA has published a "Proposal of the Physicians' Working Group for Single-Payer National Health Insurance" (abstract; full article requires paid subscription). The challenge, as they see it, is to get the richest country on earth to finance basic health care for all Americans, including the 41 million without health insurance. Here's how: "We endorse a fundamental change in US health careā€”the creation of an NHI program. Such a program, which in essence would be an expanded and improved version of traditional Medicare, would cover every American for all necessary medical care. An NHI program would save at least $200 billion annually (more than enough to cover all of the uninsured) by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private, investor-owned insurance industry and reducing spending for marketing and other satellite services." As reported by Modern Healthcare's "Daily Dose, the AMA itself remains opposed to a single-payer national plan.
posted by tommayo, 2:08 PM

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