From what I understand, socialized medicine in Canada works and doesn’t have major issues. (Correct me if I’m wrong.) Couldn’t the US base a health care system on that instead of trying to make our own and messing it up horribly?
- Of course it has issues – every health care system does – but the issues facing it are hardly unsolvable ones and not system-killers. Overall it’s mostly a stable healthcare system with some flaws, just like most healthcare systems. [↩]
- Universal enrolment in Medicare. It would cause transition pains in the short term, but it would work in the long run. [↩]
- Pure single-payer insurance, as Canada’s system is, isn’t the most efficient system available to choose from. In terms of absolute dollar expenditures per capita, a nationalized health system such as the UK’s is cheapest. In terms of value-for-dollar-spent, you’re probably looking at France’s public/private hybrid as being the best method available. In terms of easiest transition from the current American system, Germany’s managed care fund system would probably present the smoothest overhaul. Of course, they’re all superior to the American model and that’s what counts. [↩]