There are three aspects to health care: quality, access, and price. Only two of the three can be controlled. If we choose to keep quality and access, then price cannot be controlled. If we want price controlled, then quality, access or both will be sacrificed.
Every merchant realizes that the lower the price of an item, the greater the demand. For example, in Austin, Texas, nine individuals used emergency room services 2,678 times within six years. The average emergency room visit costs $1,000. But why not? There was no cost to the patients.
Universal, single-payer health care will improve our health system how? How can access and quality be maintained when there would no longer be an apparent cost to the patient for going to the doctor?
Jerry P. Murray