Is Single-Payer the Only Plan That Will Reduce Medical Bankruptcies?
That’s the argument made by David Himmelstein, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, who told The New York Times over the weekend that no other proposal being debated on Capitol Hill would rein in the estimated 900,000 medical bankruptcies expected to hit patients in the United States this year.
A single-payer system, such as the one proposed by my colleagues and myself, not only covers everyone, but also eliminates co-pays, deductibles and virtually all uncovered medical bills … That’s how it works in Canada. Every Canadian has coverage with zero co-pays and zero deductibles. As a result, when they get sick, they’re not forced to pay for care. It’s the coincidence of bills coming when you’re least able to pay them that creates the problem.