Nationalized system of health care
At a time of hardship, there are people spending millions of dollars to prey upon your fears.
Right now in our country there are 47 million without health coverage and millions more inadequately covered. Even knowing that fact there are groups fighting against a system which could help remedy this situation.
The Conservatives for Patient Rights ad argues the U.S. is headed in the direction of Britain and Canada, citing the creation this year of a federal council to study the cost and effectiveness of medical treatments and procedures.
In the ad, a British doctor says patients in a government-run system “lost control of their own destiny in the medical system.” A Canadian doctor says patients in his country are “languishing and suffering on wait lists.”
US Census Bureau statistics show that 24.3% of people with incomes less than $25,000 went without insurance during some portion of 1996. 15.4% of the total US population went without insurance for all of 1995. Millions of people are unable to get medical care unless they pay out-of-pocket.
Private insurers necessarily waste health dollars on things that have nothing to do with care: overhead, underwriting, billing, sales and marketing departments as well as huge profits and exorbitant executive pay. Doctors and hospitals must maintain costly administrative staffs to deal with the bureaucracy.
Since national health insurance (NHI) would require fundamental restructuring of the health care system, it poses a threat to the stakeholders in the present system. For many reasons, when NHI is raised as a policy alternative, it therefore becomes a target of opportunity for interests vested in the status quo. Each time this occurs it obscures a national debate on the real issues, which should focus on which of the policy alternatives best serves the public interest.
Download this handout … “Top 10 Reasons For Enacting a Single Payer Healthcare System” from the California Nurses Assocation.
And please, I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.