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What is Single Payer?

Healthcare should be a human right. It is a moral, ethical, social, cultural value to which we must assign fiscal priority.


Achieving universal health coverage for all U.S. residents requires significant system-wide changes in financing of health care. 


The best, most efficient, equitable health system is a public, single-payer (SP) system. 


The rapid growth in national health expenditures can be addressed through a system that yields net savings over projected trends by eliminating profit and waste. With universal coverage, providers can focus on optimizing triage of services rather than working within a system covered by payers who have incentives to limit costs regardless of benefit. 


With Single Payer state systems and ultimately, a Single Payer National Health System, people act as their own insurers through partnerships with provider organizations wherein tax dollars work for everyone. Consumer choice is then based on best care to meet needs with no out-of-pocket payments. Single Payer is the best option to ensure equity, fairness, and priorities aligned with medical needs. This model of, and approach to, health care benefits Public Health, and Global Health, as everyone will have universal access to needed care, with treatment plans based on what works best for the patient. 


Clinics and hospitals will be free to provide appropriate treatments based on need. Hospitals will accept all patients, with care reimbursed equally for all. Patients will partner in their care, receiving diagnosis, treatment, and prevention services without facing cost or access barriers. 


We will build a healthier nation, saving lives and reducing financial burdens while addressing inequities rooted in social, demographic, mental health, economic, and political conditions.

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