Herald Editor,

A Single-payer system is better than the current fragmented health care payment system. The U. S. has the best care and medicine in the world, but many of our citizens cannot afford it. All other advanced countries have health care for all, with unified payment systems which keep costs low. Providers are compensated on a par with those in the U. S. They are rewarded for healthy results, not paid for volume of service. They are required to follow best medical practices. Administrative costs in the U. S. can be reduced by 40%.

In the U. S., 19% of our gross domestic product is spent on health care, the highest percent in the world. Other countries spend an average of 11%. It is not making us healthier. We lag behind in life expectancy, infant mortality, and maternal deaths. Thirty-one percent of that which we spend on health care is wasted on medical insurance, and Big Pharma arbitrarily over-pricing medication. An example of how patients are harmed: We had a daughter who was an insurance broker. She bought for herself, the best coverage medical insurance from the most reputable company. Several years later at age 57, she had terminal multiple sclerosis. When the cost of medication became expensive, the insurance company refused to pay for it. She died. Her life would have been prolonged by a Single-payer system.

Most people consider health care to be a human right. Hospitals by law must give care to those in need who go there. Those who want to learn more about Single-payer, should attend the Proponents Hearing of HB 440 at the Ohio Statehouse December 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM. Sincerely,

Albert A. Gabel

Professor Emeritus Ohio State University

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