[ExI] Single Payer Healthcare

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Sun Apr 2 20:17:19 UTC 2017

On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 11:21 AM, Jason Resch <jasonresch at gmail.com> wrote:

​>> ​
>>  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.

​From Wikipedia

​" ​
​[in Japan] *​*
*Payment for personal medical services is offered ​ ​by a universal health
care insurance system that provides relative equality of access, with fees
set by a government committee.*

*​"​Healthcare in Switzerland is universal and is regulated by the​ ​Swiss
Federal Law on Health Insurance. There are no free state-provided health
services, but private health insurance is compulsory for all persons
residing in Switzerland​"​ *

*Healthcare in Singapore is mainly under the responsibility of the
Singapore Government's Ministry of Health. Singapore generally has an
efficient and widespread system of healthcare. Singapore was ranked 6th in
the World Health Organisation's ranking of the world's health systems in
the year 2000. Bloomberg ranked Singapore’s healthcare system the most
efficient in the world in 2014.​"​*

​All these systems are less libertarian than the US system, but they cost
less and keep more people alive.​

​> ​
In Japan, the consumer pays 30% of the cost.

And in the USA before
​ 41 million people payed
100% of the cost, that number has shrunk to 28.5 million today but if the
repeal and replace bill had passed the number would have increased to 52.5
million. Repeal and replace would have been even worse than just a straight

John K Clark

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