The best-ranked healthcare systems in the world are publicly funded, single-payer systems. The United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia — all of these countries rank among the best in the world, and they all have one thing in common: universal, publicly-funded healthcare.
The United States’ healthcare system is expensive, disorganized, and ranks poorly in outcomes. We spend the most per-patient in the world — and yet our health outcomes (the ability of our healthcare system to “fix” people’s health problems) are among the worst in industrialized countries. Part of this is due to the disorganized nature of our healthcare system — healthcare providers struggle to coordinate care in a timely fashion and face major administrative hurdles due to this. Universal healthcare would unite all of our healthcare systems under one umbrella and make care seamless.
The Affordable Care Act isn’t nearly enough. In six years, almost 30 million people will still be uninsured, and millions will be under-insured with high deductibles, inadequate benefits, or poor-quality care.
Our system favors the rich and privileged. Let’s face it, the “free market” isn’t here to cater to all, but those who can afford it. And that shows up in who gets to access healthcare in our country. People of color, poor people, and other marginalized communities have higher rates of preventable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Black women die of breast cancer at a rate 41% higher than white women. And yet, holding private providers and insurance companies accountable for these disparities is near-impossible in our current, fragmented healthcare system.
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Despite being the most expensive, the United States’ healthcare system ranks #37 in the world for efficiency — the lowest of all industrialized countries. Millions of people in the United States don’t have access to healthcare — and people of color, low-income folks, and people living in rural areas are significantly less likely to receive quality care.
The Affordable Care Act brought healthcare to about 30 million more Americans through private insurance and expanding Medicaid. But that still leaves millions without healthcare. And for those who are insured, private health insurance isn’t the best option. Leaving our healthcare to private companies — where market incentives lead them to limit coverage and raise costs on consumers — is a bad way to run a system. Millions are left struggling to make ends meet or without healthcare entirely. It’s time to change that.
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Why do we need #Medicare4All?
With your help we can send a strong message to elected officials that their constituents, and the vast majority of the U.S. public, want single-payer national health insurance, an improved “Medicare for All.”
Despite being the most expensive, the United States’ healthcare system ranks #37 in the world for efficiency — the lowest of all industrialized countries. The best-ranked healthcare systems in the world are publicly funded & single-payer.
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