Friday, September 25, 2009

Single Payer Health Care

There are a lot of misconceptions about the Health Care Reform Bill. One lady thought that President Obama was trying to kill her with this bill. Many people have been misled by opponents of the bill.

Let's look at single payer health care, which is the basis for health care reform. What is single payer health care, anyway?

"Single-payer is a term used to describe a type of financing system. It refers to one entity acting as administrator, or payer.

"In the case of health care, a single-payer system would be set up such that one entity—a government run organization—would collect all health care fees, and pay out all health care costs. In the current US system, there are literally tens of thousands of different health care organizations—HMOs, billing agencies, etc. By having so many different payers of health care fees, there is an enormous amount of administrative waste generated in the system. (Just imagine how complex billing must be in a doctor’s office, when each insurance company requires a different form to be completed, has a different billing system, different billing contacts and phone numbers—it’s very confusing.)

"In a single-payer system, all hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers would bill one entity for their services. This alone reduces administrative waste greatly, and saves money, which can be used to provide care and insurance to those who currently don’t have it."
Click here for reference and full story. This website will tell you all the basics about how the single payer health care plan would work.

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