by Emily Dalton
An educational resource for single payer healthcare...
How the U.S. and Canada developed such different systems and why....
PHIL CAPER M.D.
Dr. Caper advocates for a publicly run universal healthcare program in Maine and in the United States.
Comprehensive publicly funded healthcare for everyone: Improved Medicare for all.
Wouldn't we all? Finally, you can have the healthcare system you want without the worry of financial stress. How? By supporting single payer healthcare.
We in the US spend almost $3 Trillion a year, almost $9000 per person, on health care. We have built a health care system that encourages entrepreneurship and profit-making. As a result, there are many big players in the healthcare system making tons of money. They include pharmaceutical and insurance companies, and for-profit and even non-profit healthcare systems.
They are all very nervous about fundamental change to our healthcare system, and they all contribute to political campaigns.
If you have had to pay increasing premiums, co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance, while at the same time watching your access to providers become more and more limited, you are not alone.
There is a simple answer. Have you had enough and are you ready?
A list of books, articles and other media about health care reform well worth reading
Can the US learn anything from the rest of the world about how to run a health care system?
The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not provide universal access to healthcare for its residents. Our current system of market-based private insurance for healthcare is not working. A single payer system allows everyone to contribute to a pool that pays for everyone's medical expenses on an as - needed basis.