Public health experts: Single-payer systems coping with coronavirus more effectively than for-profit model

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    @eridani Jorgen Kurtzhals, the head of the University of Copenhagen medical school, told the Post that the strength of Denmark’s single-payer system is that it has “a lot of really highly educated and well-trained staff, and given some quite un-detailed instructions, they can actually develop plans for an extremely rapid response.”

    “We don’t have to worry too much about whether this response or that response demands specific payments here and there,” said Kurtzhals said. “We are aware that there will be huge expenditure within the system. But we’re not too concerned about it because we have a direct line of communication from the national government to the regional government to the hospital directors.”

    None of which is to say that countries with forms of single-payer healthcare or nationalized systems are flawlessly handling the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected at least 173,000 people and killed more than 6,000 worldwide.

    Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), following years of austerity imposed by Conservative governments, is facing staff and supply shortages as hospitals are being overwhelmed with patients. Canada, like the U.K., is struggling with a shortage of ventilators.

    But Helen Buckingham, director of strategy and operations at the London-based Nuffield Trust think tank, told the Post that the NHS is in a relatively good position to cope with COVID-19 because it has “a very clear emergency planning structure.”

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    If the coronavirus ever gets hold of a tank battalion, the U.S. military will be able to obliterate it — if not with its overwhelming supply of conventional weapons, but with tactical and strategic nukes!

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    Are immune to the virus because of their money….oh wait not. So, why is God letting his rich chosen few die and get sick too?

    The filthy rich created this for profit scam of a health care ststem and they ain’t letting it go until everyone is dead.

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