Reprinted from Common Dreams by Jessica Corbett on December 27, 2019.
Senator Bernie Sanders doubled down on his argument for establishing a universal, single-payer healthcare system Friday in response to a New York Times report which showed the cost differences of hospital care, outpatient procedures, and prescription drugs in the United States compared with other countries.
“Other major countries cover all their people and pay half of what we do. Don’t tell me we can’t afford Medicare for All,” tweeted Sanders (I-Vermont), a candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination who has campaigned on implementing a single-payer system.
Sanders linked to the Times piece, which features graphs showing prices for common medical services around the world. The Times uses 2017 data from a report released this month by the International Federation of Health Plans, a group that represents chief executives of health insurers.
“Every time, the upshot is vivid and similar: For almost everything on the list, there is a large divergence between the United States and everyone else,” the newspaper notes. …