Single-payer health care means everybody in, nobody out, with choice of physician and hospital. Single payer with only one administrative system cuts our present multiple-administrative costs significantly.
The single-payer system that covers all Canadians has half the annual cost per capita, about $4,500, compared to the U.S., where it is over $9,000 per capita. The U.S. also has 30 million people without coverage and many millions more underinsured.
Seventy-three members of the House of Representatives have co-signed Congressman Conyers’s bill, HR 676. It is similar to the Canadian system, a single-payer system with neither co-pays nor deductibles, giving people free choice and far lower administrative costs.
We citizens must demand from our congressional representatives our right to an efficient single-payer health-care system serving us all from birth until death.
Edith Frederick, Fresno