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Health Care: Could America Do It Without Compromising Quality?
The Left Says:
with national health insurance, urgent care is always provided
immediately. Other countries do experience some waits for elective
procedures (like cataract removal), but maintaining the U.S.'s
same level of health expenditures (twice as much as the next-highest
country), waits would be much shorter or even non-existent."
"Single-Payer Myths; Single-Payer Facts," Physicians
for a National Health Program, downloaded from http://www.pnhp.org/facts/singlepayer_myths_singlepayer_facts.php on December 5, 2003
health systems set fixed annual budgets for medical services.
This has the effect of rationing medical care and creating waiting
lists for treatment.
In a private system, medical services providers make more money
by providing more services.
In a single-payer system, the incentives are reversed. The more
patients a provider treats, and the sicker the patients are,
the quicker the provider will deplete its budget. When that happens,
it will be forced to suspend services until new money is available.
In other words, rationing.
Talking Points #17 - Why National Health Insurance Means Waiting
for Care, National Center for Public Policy Research, available
online at http://www.nationalcenter.org/TPHealth17.html
Issue Date: January 9, 2004
Author: Amy Ridenour