Regarding U.S. needs a single-payer system:
Comments posted here show there is absolutely no consensus on how to address the financial woes of todays healthcare system. All proposals step on somebodys toes. The root of the problem is that healthcare is too expensive for the average consumer to afford without some form of insurance coverage, private insurance is quickly becoming too expensive for consumers who arent in a group plan, and none of the big players are willing to make any concessions voluntarily. To those who think the solution lies with a government mandate requiring all citizens to purchase health insurance: Ask your local department of motor vehicles if mandatory auto insurance has eliminated uninsured drivers on the highway. They simply pay a months premium to get their license renewed and then quit paying the bill.
If we want to have a truly market-driven healthcare economy, we would have to do away with health insurance altogether and let providers charge what the market will bear. That would force providers to offer services at a price that Joe Six-Pack and Joe the Plumber can afford out-of-pocket and create true retail-style competition. I wonder how many healthcare providers would jump on that idea? Maybe a single-payer system isnt such a bad idea.
Kerry FaunceDirector of marketing and public relationsMorehead Memorial HospitalEden, N.C.
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