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    Taiwan's Single-Payer Success Story and Its Lessons For America

    I'm one of those people who only see a doctor every several years, when I'm ready to have some bloodwork done. I'm not on any prescription drugs and currently don't have any health issues. I do know that things may change in the future. All my adult life I've been covered under medical insurance, many times with assistance from my employer, and after retirement I paid the Cobra and went into the ACA, which was a great savings on my coverage bills. I'm currently on Medicare and have recently applied for Social Security.

    I'm in favor of universal health care, but with this upcoming election I am thinking of those who are not, those who want to keep their current insurance. I don't know all that it entails, but I think a candidate in this year's election, one who can actually get enough votes from all parties, must have a private insurance option along with single-payer. The election, in my opinion, should be one to get Trump out of office.....being fussy about immediate change to Medicare for All may not be wise right before this particular Presidential election.


    Taiwan’s single-payer success story — and its lessons for America

    In the 1990s, Taiwan did what has long been considered impossible in the US: The island of 24 million people took a fractured and inequitable health care system and transformed it into something as close to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s vision of Medicare-for-all as anything in the world.


    I came here last October to learn what it takes to set up and sustain such a system. It’s one of several stops around the globe that Vox made this past fall, in an effort to learn how other countries tried to achieve universal and affordable health care. Our project, Everybody Covered, was made possible by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund.


    There’s clearly a need for lessons. Compared to the rest of the developed world, America spends more money on health care and produces worse outcomes. By one advanced metric — mortality for causes that should be avoidable with accessible, high-quality health care — the United States ranked last among the G7 countries in 2016.

    America’s infant mortality rate is almost double that of some of its peers. Nearly one in 10 Americans lack insurance. People go bankrupt over medical bills. Yet Americans still spend about twice as much money on health care per capita as the average comparable country.


    How Taiwan built “Medicare for all” and gave everyone health insurance - Vox
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    Decades of propaganda and marketing have convinced tens of millions of Americans that having an actually effective healthcare system is against their own interests.

    Jesus Republicans are a clever bunch.

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    Re: Taiwan's Single-Payer Success Story and Its Lessons For America

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Decades of propaganda and marketing have convinced tens of millions of Americans that having an actually effective healthcare system is against their own interests.

    Jesus Republicans are a clever bunch.
    They need pointless suffering so some have an opportunity to do heroic acts on a personal basis which fits their view of the bible.
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    Re: Taiwan's Single-Payer Success Story and Its Lessons For America

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Decades of propaganda and marketing have convinced tens of millions of Americans that having an actually effective healthcare system is against their own interests.

    Jesus Republicans are a clever bunch.
    As are their corporate donors.


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    Re: Taiwan's Single-Payer Success Story and Its Lessons For America

    We spend more on health care because we do everything we can to save terminal people. In other countries, if you have a month to live, they give you a bottle of pain killers and tell you to go home.

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    Re: Taiwan's Single-Payer Success Story and Its Lessons For America

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    We spend more on health care because we do everything we can to save terminal people. In other countries, if you have a month to live, they give you a bottle of pain killers and tell you to go home.
    The Europeans do that and the Canadians? I call BS. Citations?


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