>>health care providers would prefer a national health plan, because they would be paid more promptly, without all the paperwork and pushback of the current, for-profit, insurance model.<<
Also not convinced on this point. There is no guarantee that they would be paid any quicker
Members of this board, over the years, have described how national health systems have wrung administrative overhead out of their systems. One member, a Brit relocated to France and using the French system, noted how the Doc’s clerk would scan his national health card, type in the codes for what the Doc did, and the money was in the Doc’s bank account before he was out the office door. In contrast, the USian private insurance industry is nothing but administrative overhead.
US doctors support universal health care - survey
WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) - More than half of U.S. doctors now favor switching to a national health care plan and fewer than a third oppose the idea, according to a survey published on Monday.
Of more than 2,000 doctors surveyed, 59 percent said they support legislation to establish a national health insurance program, while 32 percent said they opposed it, researchers reported in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
“Across the board, more physicians feel that our fragmented and for-profit insurance system is obstructing good patient care, and a majority now support national insurance as the remedy,” Ackermann said in a statement.
The Indiana survey found that 83 percent of psychiatrists, 69 percent of emergency medicine specialists, 65 percent of pediatricians, 64 percent of internists, 60 percent of family physicians and 55 percent of general surgeons favor a national health insurance plan.
One of the ways that employers can differentiate themselves as it pertains to recruiting and retaining employees is via their insurance coverage. They also get a tax write off on it that is better than simply paying a salary.
There would be nothing wrong with employers offering “add on” coverage, like vision or dental, like health insurance companies used to offer Medicare add-on coverage, until Medicare Advantage sent all the Medicare cash flow through their hands for skimming. A national health plan would be a boon to small employers, with only a handful of staff, to whom administering a health insurance plan would be one more burden for an already stretched entrepreneur to deal with.
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And, if there was a single, national, plan, that covered everyone, there would be no need for fifty separate Medicaid plans, with fifty redundant sets of administrative overhead.