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Past time for universal health care

This was written in response to, “Who pays when the patient can’t?” (Shawn Vestal, Spokesman-Review, May 6, 2018).

Shawn Vestal points to two states, but that’s only a start. We are the only Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nation without universal health care. We have, by far, the highest per capita and percentage of GDP dollars spent on health care while receiving below-average health care results (www.nbcnews.com/healthmain/were-no-26-us-below-average-most-health-measures-2D11635080). It’s quite clear our system is broken. It’s far past time for universal coverage and improved health care that focuses on preventive medicine.

By the way: I say universal care, not single-payer. They are not the same; the latter is a subset of the former. In fact, while all other OECD nations have universal coverage, only 25 percent do it through single-payer. However, that discussion is too long for now.

Nobody can be a fiscal conservative while fighting against universal health care.

David Teich

Spokane Valley


 

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