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Chapter Three: Why Single Payer Health Care Doesn’t Work


Published: January 16, 2020

Single payer systems, while intuitively attractive, have repeatedly failed in other countries. Price controls ultimately restrict supply, and wait times in single-payer systems vastly exceed those in market-based health care systems. In many countries with single payer health care, individuals supplement their “free” coverage with private insurance.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some misguided beliefs about the American health care system?
  2. What are the trade-offs to single payer health care systems?

Additional Resources:

  • Watch the Joint Economic Committee meeting with Scott Atlas, ““The Potential for Health Savings Accounts to Engage Patients and Bend the Health Care Cost Curve.” Available here.
  • For much more detail on Scott Atlas’ health care plan, read his book Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six-Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost, available here.
  • Read Scott Atlas’ chapter “Transformational Health Care Reform” in Blueprint for America here.