Single Payer System Case Study

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Despite the successes of single-payer systems in other parts of the world, it is clear that implementing such a system would not be possible in the U.S. due to the staunch refusal to consider such a switch by the conservative party. Dr. Jonathan Oberlander, professor of social medicine at the University of North Carolina, explains that a single-payer system is “an aspiration more than a viable reform program” because there is no viable plan for overcoming the public stigma against tax increases in addition to the obstacles such a reform would have in getting passed (“The Virtues and Vices…”). To expand the view on the range of government involvement on health, let’s look at Singapore, which has a unique system that combines government funding…show more content…
This outlook is something we should model when trying to fix our own system. It is clear that expanding access to medical care is a common goal between politicians in the U.S. government, so we need to look beyond our partisan beliefs to cooperate and come up with reforms to our healthcare system. By looking at medical care as a right, we will see healthcare not as a way to champion our own political beliefs, but as a way to provide medical care to all. In addition, we need to look beyond our own desires and see what’s best for the majority, as Singaporeans do. A lot of the public outcry against reform is due to the fact that people don’t want to see their own taxes or healthcare prices increase. For example, some of the opponents of Obamacare are worried that the individual mandate will force them to pay a fee, which in reality is only the face if they can afford a healthcare plan but do not want to purchase one. By seeing access to medical care as a right, we would be less selfish about healthcare reform and more concerned about the country’s collective wellbeing, resulting in a more effective effort to provide medical care to
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