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A RIDE ON THE SINGLE PAYER TRAIN HEDU 5100 – 001 Summer 2018 Health Promotion and Education College of Health University of Utah USHC • The United States is the only wealthy, industrialized country that lacks universal healthcare. • Some proponents of the US model say this increases people's level of choice, allowing citizens to pick the plan that is right for them. • Advocates for a single-payer model argue government-funded care significantly reduces cost and provides a stronger social safety net. Struggles over HC Reforms! • Remember the Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and the continuous piecemeal reforms, some Democrats are starting to eye a new health policy goal: implementing a single-payer system. • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a single-payer bill in mid-September with 16 Democratic co-sponsors — 16 more than he got when he introduced the bill two years earlier. • Let’s look at how is the US health-care system is currently funded. • How would “single-payer” change that! How Health Care Systems are Funded • There are three major components to every health-care system, single-payer or not: a patient, a payer, (typically an insurance company or the government) and a provider. Here’s how money moves between them: See below – next slide Multiple System: E.g. USA • Virtually all health-care systems follow this general pattern, but who the payers are can vary widely. In the U.S. ...
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