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There seems to be a misunderstanding by a majority of Republicans between socialized and single-payer health care systems and fund providers — or is it just another attempt by the so-called free-market corporate monopoly capitalists to confuse folks?
Among the 32 industrialized nations of the world, only one, the United States, does not have a universal health care system, yet its health care by far is the most expensive of all, which carries a ranking of the mid- to upper 20s is among the group’s poorest service to the overall population. Yet it remains the best health care money can buy.
The system of socialized health care is when the country’s government owns the hospitals, clinics and such, doctors, nurses and where the services and supplies are paid for by the government and subsidized through personal and corporate taxation. Some countries that function under this universal health care system are Great Britain, the Netherlands, Israel and Cuba, and our own Tricare medical system for vets is also socialized.
Single-payer health care systems differ substantially from socialized ones. The medical facilities and staff workers are mostly in the private sector paid through the government where costs and payment are controlled by the government and subsidized by taxation, and with the support of private insurance as a supplement. One such system is our own Medicare system, a full-fledged single-payer, paid and administered by the federal government, and it’s considered by most to be the best of health care systems in this country.
If there are those who differ with that opinion, they should elect another health care system that seems to them to serve their needs more completely. One condition that is often overlooked or less publicized is that all universal systems throughout the world carry the clause of “A Woman’s Right to Choose” in their charter as in the case of race, incest and the health of the mother with the support of a medical professional.
For those who have a true interest to understand a single-payer health care system should review the universal health care system that is the oldest standing system in the world. The German health care system that covers all German citizens from the womb to the tomb, and is thoroughly supported through taxation where health care is considered an individual right and not a privilege with the option to choose to purchase a private policy, but you are still obligated to support the federal system.
William T. “Nick” Smith