Public Health Experts: Single-Payer Systems Coping With Coronavirus More Effectively Than For-Profit Model – CommonDreams

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      WillyT
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      Public Health Experts: Single-Payer Systems Coping With Coronavirus More Effectively Than For-Profit Model – CommonDreams

       

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      As the coronavirus pandemic places extraordinary strain on national healthcare systems around the world, public health experts are making the case that countries with universal single-payer systems have thus far responded more efficiently and effectively to the outbreak than nations like the United States, whose fragmented for-profit apparatus has struggled to cope with the growing crisis.

      “It is too soon to see definite outcomes among competing healthcare systems. But even in this early phase, public health experts say the single-payer, state-run systems are proving themselves relatively robust,” the Washington Post reported Sunday. “Unlike the United States, where a top health official told Congress the rollout of testing was ‘failing‘ and where Congress is only now moving through a bill that includes free testing, the single-payer countries have been especially nimble at making free, or low-cost, virus screening widely available for patients with coughs and fevers.”

      While the Trump administration only recently took steps to massively expand COVID-19 testing—sparking concerns that the outbreak in the U.S. is far more severe than official numbers suggest—countries with forms of single-payer healthcare like South Korea and Denmark have for weeks been offering “drive-through” testing and other innovative mechanisms, allowing them to quickly test hundreds of thousands of their citizens and respond accordingly.

      “Unhampered government intervention into the healthcare sector is an advantage when the virus is spreading fast across the country,” said Choi Jae-wook, a professor of preventive medicine at Korea University in Seoul.

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      Sorechasm
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      But Uncle Joe last night said that this wasn’t true! Then he selected the worst case scenario (Italy) to prove we don’t need M4A. He prefers to always remain in crisis mode, like the Republican Congress. Yeah. It will cost more, and more people will die, but it works so well as a sound bite. Plus, it’s easy to understand how to act in a crisis. I think Joe read Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine as an DIY, How To manual.

      “Go and tell Alexander that God the Supreme King is never the Author of insolent wrong, but is the Creator of light, of peace, of life, of water, of the body of man and of souls;...what Alexander offers and the gifts he promises are things to me utterly useless;..." Dandamis, a great sannyasi of Taxila.Excerpt From: Yogananda, Paramahansa. “Autobiography of a Yogi.”

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      Yanath
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      A publicly funded system isn’t drained of resources by profit and unnecessary administrative costs. WTF would prevent it from being more efficient than a greed-driven system, ffs?

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