David Tillotson, Washington
We spend more for health care, per capita, than any other industrialized country in the world, by far. There are no effective cost controls on the private health-care sector, and our current law prevents Medicare from exerting any leverage whatsoever over drug prices.
Currently, about one quarter of the total cost of health care is borne by individuals in premiums and deductibles, and more is borne indirectly by employer premiums paid in lieu of higher wages.
Any single-payer plan could exercise leverage on costs and simplify the administrative burden whose cost we all bear. Does it really matter if those costs are paid by taxes or premiums and deductibles?
Please explain what compromises Canada has made among its “various needs” to pay for its wildly popular single-payer system? It seems as if Canada’s roads and schools are as good as ours, with universal coverage to boot.
Ronald Schwartz, Clarksville