[ExI] Single Payer Healthcare

Jason Resch jasonresch at gmail.com
Sun Apr 2 15:21:56 UTC 2017

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:06 PM, John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

> The USA spends FAR more on healthcare than any other country on the planet
> and has done so for many decades, yet it doesn't seem to be getting much
> bang for the buck. In 2016 the USA spends $9451 per-person per-year on
> healthcare but is only #31 on the list of countries with the longest lived
> citizens; Japan is #1 on the longevity list and spend only $4150 per person
> per year, Australia is # 4 and spends $4420, and at  #31 is the USA which
> spends $9451. Every one of the top 30 longevity countries have 2 things in
> common:
> 1) They all spend far less on healthcare than the USA does.
> 2) Unlike the USA they all have Single Payer Healthcare.

Are you sure about point 2?  A cursory look revealed the top 3 countries by
life expectancy
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy> are
Japan, Switzerland, and Singapore.

It seems none of these countries have a single-payer system. In Japan, the
consumer pays 30% of the cost. In Switzerland, they have a mandatory
private insurance system. In Singapore, all medical services are required
to have patient-paid fees.


> We are extropians and thus are believers in the scientific method, that
> means if a theory doesn't fit the facts it must be abandoned no matter how
> beloved it may be, and that includes political theories. So as a extropian
> do you think maybe those top 30 longevity countries can teach us something?
> John K Clark
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