I’ve been pondering a few hiccups in the single payer healthcare system- the first being MD salaries and that if they significantly decreased, would as many people go into that profession? Of course that could also be seen as a positive, as then only people passionate about the work would enter that profession. The second hiccup is in the area of medical research- would as much money be allocated for needed research if corporations were not involved.
This has caused me to investigate the healthcare system in Ireland-where there is a public health option funded by the government as well as a private health care service. 100% of residents have state coverage, while roughly 40% have chosen private insurance. Most GP’s are technically part of the private system, which is why they charge a fee. If individuals with a higher income want to buy more generous coverage- they should be allowed to- but not with government subsidized dollars. The United States needs to define a universally accepted minimum that all citizens should receive . If individuals choose to purchase above that minimum, the government should not subsidize these purchases.