All-payer rate setting: America’s back-door to single-payer? – Vox

Single-payer health care has long been the political pipe dream of the left, but there’s a nearly identical system that could actually happen.

All-payer rate setting, as the system is known, shares the same goals of single-payer: it aims to increase efficiency and reduce insurer overhead in the health care system. Single payer does this by eliminating private plans for one government plan. All-payer rate setting gets there by setting one price that every health insurer pays for any given medical procedure.

“[All payer] has everything except the government-run plan,” says Mark Pauly, a health economist at University of Pennsylvania. “In all-payer systems, the government uses Blue Cross and other insurers as their agent. For consumers its the exact same except for who they write their check for premiums to.”

via All-payer rate setting: America’s back-door to single-payer? – Vox.

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One Response to All-payer rate setting: America’s back-door to single-payer? – Vox

  1. Bob Hertz says:

    The Vox article had about 5 positive points to make about all payer rating, and I read no negatives.
    K Thorpe did say that hospitals would do less innovation….to which I say that the vast majority of hospital ‘innovation’ is in price gouging and exploiting fee schedules.

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