Janet Trautwein’s letter outlining the trouble with single-payer health insurance could be more than a little biased, since she’s CEO of the National Association of Health Underwriters.
While some Canadians do come to the U.S. for treatments, 750,000 U.S. citizens a year travel for medical tourism because quality treatment is available abroad for much less.
U.S. health care expenditure per capita is almost double that of Canada, but life expectancy in the U.S. is almost two years less than in Canada.
A 2000 World Health Organization study ranks the U.S. 37th out of 191 countries for health care, and we perform worse than other developed countries on life expectation and infant mortality. Take a look at a hospital bill closely to see how much waste is occurring here, and how inefficient our spending is.
Single-payer may not be perfect, but our current health care fiasco certainly isn’t either.