Single Payer Fact Sheet

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1 Top Reasons We Need Medicare - for - All Now Six Our health care system fails far too many . Americans, particularly those that are uninsured, 1. are at risk of premature death Americans will die Tens of thousands of this year for lack of health coverage and the U.S.  out of 16 industrialized countries for deaths that could be prevented ranks last with proper . medical care – even with insurance. 2. Patients face financial barriers to care Americans struggle to access care (doctor, hospital, surgery, etc.) at much higher rates than  citizens of other comparable nations. Over half of uninsured Americans reported difficulty paying medical bills, while one out of five  h difficulty Americans with insurance also reported difficulties paying their bills. Those wit paying medical bills cited facing hard choices, including cutting back on food and other basic items or using up most or all of their savings. Medical bills contribute to 60 percent of all bankruptcies. Three - fourths of those  more than While the Affordable Care Act bankrupted had health insurance at the time they got sick. mulation of medical debt , it has not ended medical bankruptcy. reduced the accu 3. Money and resources are wasted in our current system. Streamlining the payment system would free up substantial physician and nurse  time for patient care . If we could 25 percent of hospital spending .  reduce Administrative costs consume , including Scotland and Canada, dministrative waste as other countries have we could save a more than $150 billion a year.  Other countries spend far less, while achieving better health outcomes , through more efficient single - payer systems. Our health care system remains deeply fragmented 4. remain the root of the pro blem . The private insurance companies O ur fragmented multi - payer health care system  mak es it impossible to control costs as effici as a Medicare - for ently A ll system . -  Insurers will continue to reap profits by strip ping down policies; restricting provider networks ; - limit and deny ing care ; and increas ing patients’ co pays, deductibles , and other out - of - ing pocket costs. Improved Medica re - for - A ll is the solution 5. Single - payer Medicare - - A ll covers everyone and saves money. for  Switching to a single - payer system could save nearly $600 bil lion per year by slashing overhead and negotiating lower drug costs. Savings are enough to cover everyone and eliminate cost - sharing in health care.

2  can choose their doctors and hospitals . P hysicians can choose their practice Patients ould be comprehensive, including long - term care and substance abuse settings. Benefits w treatment. for 6. support Medicare - - A ll . Americans  Recent polls indicate that a ma jority of A mericans , 6 0 percent , support Medicare - f or - A ll. government is responsible  A majority of Americans , 62 percent, believe that for ensuring heal th coverage for all American s.

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