Base Views On Evidence, Not Ideology

Posted: August 21, 2013

A recent editorial asked the question “Single-Payer Real Goal?” (Aug. 17, 2013). If the experience of countries that have a single payer health system is any indicator, that may not be a bad thing.

Most European countries have a single payer system and, compared to the U.S., have better health outcomes at a lower cost. Britain’s National Health Service, which the DN-R editorial page regularly criticizes, is a good example. According to 2010 World Bank data: life expectancy in the U.K. is three years longer, maternal mortality is 43 percent lower, child mortality is 38 percent lower and infant mortality is 46 percent lower. Meanwhile, total health expenditure as a percent of GDP is 46 percent less in the U.K.


Seems like a socialized single-payer system is a good deal — from which the U.S. could learn. Once again, perhaps our views should be driven more by evidence than by ideology.
 
Richard A. “Rick” Yoder
Harrisonburg


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